In a response to the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes led by Kate Carnell, the Government has announced new changes that will impact facilities and providers. The scandals that have rocked the Oakden nursing home were the starting point for the review, and the need to answer to issues they presented has spurred a range of new initiatives and rules.
The key change announced to date is in the way facilities receive continuing accreditation. Facilities will no longer receive notice of re-accreditation visitsl The random checks without forewarning will be aimed at providing authorities with a better understanding of issues currently affecting care, including staffing, attention, facility maintenance etc.
ACIA and our members are committed to upholding the highest standards of quality in aged care, and support a regulatory regime that contributes to this aim. ACIA will work with the Government to represent our members’ views in this change.