Did the Aged Care Royal Commission provide a blueprint to fix Australia’s aged care system? If not, what else needs to happen?
Professor Kathy Eagar
Director, Australian Health Services Research Institute
University of Wollongong
Summary: We all are aware of the deficiencies that have been exposed by the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Since 1997, aged care has been managed by the Department of Health and it could be argued that it has allowed such failures to develop. Since the Royal Commission, the Department of Health has further failed, as evidenced by its poor management of aged care during the COVID-19 crisis, accounting for most of the deaths occurring from COVID-19 in Australia during 2020. In 2021, the Department of Health has offered only poor oversight of the vaccination program for aged care workers. So, what needs to be done?
About the speaker: Professor Kathy Eagar is Professor of Health Sciences Research and Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong.
Our speaker, Professor Eagar will be accompanied by a panel of two: Dr Max Thorpe, a clinician, and Ms Marie Coleman AO, an Australian feminist, social activist, public servant and journalist. Dr Thorpe is very aware of inadequacies in the Aged Care System through his involvement in the management of community-based aged care, and both he and Ms Coleman are strong advocates for the better management of aged care.
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