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Inquiry opens into national elderly care services

Federal aged care minister, Ken Wyatt, has urged “policy experts and academics” to contribute to a national inquiry into regulations governing Australia’s residential care homes for the elderly.

The review will also look at the roles of the federal Department of Health, the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, which oversees accreditation for residential services.

Announcing the call for public comment on 20 June, Wyatt said that submissions “will help identify any gaps or deficiencies in our aged care regulatory system” that could have prevented early detection and action over poor services.

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