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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

Community Forum presentation by Jane Seaholme 11

When Jane Seaholme's mother Phyllis moved into a nursing home, it was at her mum's…

Abused, harassed, intimidated and left in tears 1

Abused, harassed, intimidated and left in tears…and that was just me today. We have heard…

Community forum presentation by Dr. Simon Perrin

This is the speech that Dr. Simon Perrin presented to the Royal Commission's Community…

Residents have a right to feel safe in their homes

In light of ABC’s recent coverage and focus on aged care, the broadcaster is now asking…

How we can ensure the Oakden report is a watershed moment for the aged care industry 3

02 Mar, 2018
“Oakden: A shameful chapter in South Australia’s history”It has again emerged that…

Dear Santa 1

12 Dec, 2017
Dear Santa,Mary has asked me to write to you this Christmas. As you know from her past…

Legal Issues Column

Mouldy toothbrushes and poor oral health in aged care
Legal Issues Column Rodney Lewis 11 Jun, 2019

Mouldy toothbrushes and poor oral health in aged care

The Sydney Morning Herald article [Julie Power, 9 June 2019, Mouldy toothbrushes: Poor oral health in aged care can have fatal risks] on oral health care in aged care draws attention to a very important issue. The standard of care for dental health under the…

Unlawful restraint in aged care

28 May, 2019 Rodney Lewis
Unlawful restraint in aged care
There is a good deal of confusion about the rules surrounding and the law applying to…

A legal perspective on the proposed single Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights

10 Sep, 2018 Aged Care Crisis
A legal perspective on the proposed single Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has announced a public…

An alternative to the resolution of aged care disputes 2

31 Jan, 2013 Rodney Lewis
complainer or consumer claimer?
Although significant resources are devoted to dealing with complaints by residents and…

The Column

Resident Committees
The Column Aged Care Crisis 29 Jan, 2018

Resident Committees 2

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…