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Accreditation has never been an effective regulator

25 Jun, 2019
Accreditation has never been an effective regulator. It has failed in the USA, the UK and…

Analysis of Senate Inquiry: Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment…

11 Apr, 2019
Criticism of Senate Report Community Affairs April 2019: "Effectiveness of the Aged Care…

Aged care: discourse, language and power

28 Nov, 2018
Aged care is currently undergoing major changes following the Federal Government’s…

Aged care and 'unrealistic expectations' 1

11 Nov, 2018
A number of articles and presentations suggest that family members have "unrealistic…

Your Say

Open letter to politicians about privatisation of ACAT

Aged Care Crisis wrote a letter to state based health ministers, shadow ministers and…

Aged care residents reveal which centres are the worst to live in

Response to Sydney Morning Herald article Aged care residents reveal which centres are…

Open letter to the Royal Commission regarding ACAT privatisation

Aged Care Crisis wrote an open letter to the Commissioner's regarding the minister's…

Building a Humane Future in Robertson 1

Author: Michael D. BreenSometimes what is missing is more important than what is sticking…

Crisis? What crisis? 1

09 Oct, 2019
Crisis is a word all too often thrown around in relation to the Aged Care Industry. Sadly…

Letter to PM regarding my Aunt's care 1

21 Aug, 2019
Dear Prime Minister, I have an issue with the situation I saw at my aunt's nursing home.…

Legal Issues Column

Consumer protection
Legal Issues Column Rodney Lewis 01 Sep, 2020

Legal redress for aged care residents

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 21st of August the claim that the aged care regulator is under-resourced, understaffed and toothless. When evidence was given to the Royal Commission, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) representative claimed…

Do we have an aged care gulag?

18 Jun, 2020 Aged Care Crisis
Do we have an aged care gulag?
From the 1920s to the early 1950s millions of innocent people in the USSR were sent to…

New law to criminalise elder abuse for the Australian Capital Territory 1

19 May, 2020 Rodney Lewis
New law to criminalise elder abuse for the Australian Capital Territory
 This is a summary of the Attorney General's speech in presenting the Crimes (Offences…

Mouldy toothbrushes and poor oral health in aged care

11 Jun, 2019 Rodney Lewis
Mouldy toothbrushes and poor oral health in aged care
The Sydney Morning Herald article [Julie Power, 9 June 2019, Mouldy toothbrushes: Poor…

The Column

Resident Committees
The Column Aged Care Crisis 29 Jan, 2018

Resident Committees 3

Just the other day a friend drew my attention to the comment below. It is dated January 2018 and is a response to an article in Australian Ageing Agenda (written in November 2015) re one of the many reviews into aged care. It refers to the need for higher…

No mandated staff/resident ratios, no transparency, no research 1

10 Jun, 2015 Aged Care Crisis
No mandated staff/resident ratios, no transparency, no research
People are usually stunned to learn that there are no set staff/resident ratios in aged-care homes. They simply assume that frail older people in care will be treated like other…

All residents of aged-care homes need protection

30 May, 2015 Aged Care Crisis
Imagine waking from deep sleep to see a stranger’s face staring right down at you
Imagine waking from deep sleep to see a stranger’s face staring right down at you. Then imagine that someone enters your private space many times a week and that you are 96 years…

Dreading aged care 1

10 Apr, 2015 The Columnist
Dreading aged care
Last week the federal government finally got around to announcing its long-promised, aged-care reform agenda. Yet the stunning thing about the announcement was not the package…