Catholic Health Australia (CHA) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister Wyatt that the government will respond to the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service review with an independent review of aged care quality regulatory arrangements.
Minister Wyatt announced that the review will investigate the Commonwealth’s aged care quality regulatory processes to determine why the extent of the failures of care at Makk and McLeay wards, as documented in the recent South Australian Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service review, were not identified.
“A review of the regulatory processes relating to the quality of aged care is timely. Ensuring older Australians in need of care and support receive high quality services that meet their needs and preferences is a prerequisite for a civil society,” said CHA’s CEO, Suzanne Greenwood.
“The review provides an opportunity to examine the effectiveness of the current regulatory processes to see whether improvements can be made, particularly in relation to specialist care and support services for older people with severe and psychological symptoms of dementia and severe mental health issues.”