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The aged care royal commission’s 3 areas of immediate action are worthy, won’t fix a broken system

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After many months of hearings across the country, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has published its interim report.

Titled Neglect, the commissioners were courageous and accurate in laying out the fundamental issues facing the aged care system in Australia. They demonstrated an under-resourced system where the failures in delivering appropriate care are shocking and widespread. They noted the aged care industry fosters a culture where the voices of older people, their families and carers are not heard.

Finally, the commissioners highlighted the absence of accountability and the lack of transparency by governing, regulatory and provider organisations.

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