The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety were outlined in the Final Report released March 2021 and have presented a road map for fundamental reform of the aged care system.

The ANZSGM played an ongoing role in the Royal Commission by providing witness statements and responses to several consultations throughout the process. Geriatricians have significant expertise in the core themes raised by the Royal Commission such as dementia care, mediation use and the minimisation of chemical restraints such as antipsychotics.

The ANZSGM supports the Royal Commission’s broad recommendation that better systems must be implemented in order to meet the complex medical needs of older people in aged care and we will use these recommendations to inform our policy work and define our priorities moving forward.