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November 26, 2008

Elder Care: Operation of Aged Care Act 2007-2008 (Australia)

Release of annual report – Operation of Aged Care Act 2007-2008
25 November 2008

The Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot today released the annual report into the Report into the Operation of the Aged Care Act 2007-2008.

Currently, there are some 2.8 million Australians – about 13 per cent of the population – aged 65 and over. This number is expected to triple in 40 years.“Australia has the world’s second longest life expectancy and the Australian Government is responding to the challenge of an ageing population,” Mrs Elliot said.

Quality, complaints and compliance

During 2007-08 the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency conducted 5,244 visits to homes, with 3,105 visits being unannounced. In this same period the Department undertook 3,127 visits to homes, of which 1,145 were unannounced.
The Accreditation Agency identified 46 homes (1.6 per cent) that had some non-compliance in relation to the 44 accreditation standard outcomes.

The Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme (CIS) referred 1,770 matters to the Accreditation Agency, 62 to Nurses’ Registration Boards, 53 to the police; 33 to the Coroner; 27 to the Health Care Complaints Commission and 13 to the Medical Practitioners Board.
Twenty-two percent of the referrals to the Accreditation Agency requested a support contact or a review audit of a nursing home.
During 2007-2008, the Department of Health and Ageing applied sanctions against 14 providers, issuing 15 Notices of Decision to Impose Sanctions and issued 75 Notices of Non-Compliance.

The CIS received 11,323 contacts between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008 of which 66 per cent were able to be investigated as these related to approved providers’ responsibilities under the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act).
The most common issues reported to the CIS in order were: Health and Personal care (3,106 cases), physical environment (1,598 cases), consultation and communication (1,496 cases), personnel (1,255 cases) and 1,117 cases relating to alleged abuse.

Alleged Reportable Assaults
There were 925 notifications of alleged reportable assaults.
Of those 725 were recorded as alleged unreasonable use of force and 200 were alleged unlawful sexual contact:
For more information, contact Mrs Elliot's office on (02) 6277 7280

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