Friday, 16 June 2017

Report on Aged Cared Negligence.

BY DANIELLE RIES

Families in the Hunter are welcoming a report by the Australian Law Reform Commission on the negligence of our elderly in aged care facilities.

The report is 428 pages long and it comes with 43 recommendations, to address the problem of elderly abuse within our community.

One recommendation in the report is the introduction of strategies to improve the quality of the aged care workforce. 

The law firm, Catherine Henry Lawyers is conducting cases within the Hunter into the negligence of aged care facilities to improve the standard of care.

Local solicitor Catherine Henry says this report will help create a better environment in aged care facilities.

"It's a long well waited report that's been deliberated over and considered by the Law Reform Commission over some months.

"All who care about the quality of aged care in this country speak with the one voice in that this report does represent a once in a lifetime opportunity to act, to improve the situation for our vulnerable aged community".

She also states this is an opportunity for the government to take action.

"It's interesting that the work is done by AIN's, the lowest qualified of the nursing hierarchy, is regulated by professional nursing bodies like enrolled nurses and registered nurses are.

"This is an opportunity for the government to really do something very worthwhile and serious in aged care nursing and it will absolutely have an impact and would improve the quality of care provided". 

Credit- Mental Health Carers NSW

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