|Update: Aged Care Complaints Scheme|
|Thursday, 26 May 2011 00:00 | Print page:|
The recently renamed Aged Care Complaints Scheme has launched the Aged Care Complaints Scheme News website, the main source for the latest information about the Aged Care Complaints Scheme and the reforms to strengthen the Scheme.
The site purports to keep the public updated on progress with reforms and information pertaining to the Scheme.
This scheme replaces the third reincarnation named the "Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme", which provided over 12,500 aged-care consumers in 2008-2009 with the false hope that complaints would actually be fully investigated. The new naming of the scheme (and the associated Principles will also drop the word “investigation” from it’s title - renaming to "Complaints Principles").
The following information is from the Department of Health and Ageing's website:
New approach to aged care complaints: A Department and industry dialogue
The 20th annual Tri-State Conference was held in Albury from 27 February to 1 March 2011, bringing together aged care professionals from NSW, Victoria and South Australia. First Assistant Secretary for the Office of Aged Care Quality and Compliance, Iain Scott, and Assistant Secretary for the Aged Care Complaints Scheme, Lucelle Veneros, addressed the sector on the topic The new approach to aged care complaints: a Department and industry dialogue.
The presentation outlined the progress the Scheme is making in strengthening its complaints management approach, in response to the Walton Review, and the positive changes the sector should be starting to see. Iain and Lucelle also outlined the Department's commitment to ongoing engagement and consultation with the aged care sector in the development and implementation of key reforms.
A fact sheet was distributed to Tri-State attendees, outlining some of the key reforms that will deliver significant benefits for aged care providers, care recipients and their representatives. Reforms include expanded options for resolving complaints, including local resolution where possible; a risk-based approach for escalating and considering complaints; strengthened focus on procedural fairness; improved communication and stakeholder engagement; ensuring Scheme staff are skilled and effective; and improved transparency and accountability.
For more information about the reforms or to participate in consultation activities, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org