Aged Care

25 August 2020

Senator GRIFF (South Australia) (16:05): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) currently the Australian Government has no quality outcome reporting for home care and reports on only three indicators for residential aged care,

   (ii) research conducted for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety shows that the Government could immediately establish independent, transparent, routine monitoring and public reporting of many aspects of aged care quality outcomes,

   (iii) the research, by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), shows a range of quality outcome indicators can be produced from existing data without any burden to providers, and

   (iv) the reporting would include indicators for medication-related quality of care, falls and fractures, hospital re-admissions, hospitalisation for dementia/delirium, pain, premature mortality, pressure injury, utilisation of care plans and medication reviews, and weight loss/malnutrition;

(b) acknowledges the opinion of the Royal Commissioners, Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs, that independent measurement and public reporting is essential for the good operation of the aged care system; and

(c) calls on the Government to immediately move to implement routine monitoring and public reporting of aged care quality indicators at the service provider level, as outlined in the SAHMRI report, to enhance transparency and accountability.

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