Grattan Institute State of Affairs: Rethinking aged care

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This event is an online live discussion on 27 November 2020. 

Australia’s aged care system is a mess. The COVID-19 death toll in non-government residential aged care facilities in Victoria is in the many hundreds, and the Royal Commission has exposed heartbreaking cases of neglect and abuse. 

The solutions are not simple. More money and better regulation are both necessary but won’t be enough. So how can Australia change the culture of its aged care system, and its disdainful attitude to the aged? 

In this special Grattan Institute/State Library of Queensland State of Affairs webinar event, our panel of experts will discuss the rights of vulnerable older Australians, from the perspectives of older people, regulators, and service providers. The panel will also examine Grattan Institute’s latest report Rethinking aged care: emphasising the rights of older Australians, which identifies five principles that should shape the system. 

Please join us by registering for this online event – and please contribute by submitting your questions. 

Event Speakers  

Dr Stephen Duckett is the Health Program Director for Grattan Institute. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. 

Merle Mitchell AM has become widely known and respected for her achievements at local, state and federal levels. Merle was a member of the steering committee which set up the Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau and remained committed to it for more than 25 years. She was President of Australian Council of Social Service for four years and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1991. She is currently a resident of Waverley Gardens, a residential aged care facility in a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne.  

Mary Patetsos is Chair of the Board of Aged Care Housing Group (ACH Group), one of the larger not-for-profit providers in South Australia providing housing and accommodation to more than 2200 people and community care to about 10,000 people. Mary is also Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia and Chair of its National Healthy Ageing Reference Network (HARN) and of the Port Adelaide Football Club’s Power Community Limited. 

Grattan Institute State of Affairs – Examining Aged Care will be an online discussion via Zoom. We encourage you to join the conversation online using @slqld @GrattanInst     

This event is presented in partnership with the Grattan Institute, dedicated to developing high quality public policy for Australia’s future 

Specific objectives (for Continuing Professional Development purposes): 
•    Evaluate weaknesses of current aged care policy; and 
•    Understand the implications of a rights-based approach to aged care. 

Further reading

Explore these State Library books and resources to further your learning about aged card.

Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speaker are their own and the promotion of products/services is not endorsed by State Library.

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