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2000: Sydney Morning Herald 2000

(((. Witnesses tell shocking tales about Guardian )))
2: Parliamentary Inquiry witness, Meryl Gordon, said
her 84-year-old mother, previously in reasonable
health, had b into guardianship after a social worker
lodged an application with the Guardianship Tribunal.
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Royal Commission into aged care quality and safety interim report is out now. Already we have some big moments. On Home Care waiting lists: "By any measure, this is a cruel and discriminatory system, which places great strain on older Australians and their relatives." #agedcareRC
"A little over 1000 providers responded to our Service Provider Survey. They self-reported 274,409 instances of substandard care over the five year period to June 2018."
"We have heard evidence which suggests that the regulatory regime that is intended to ensure safety and quality of services is unfit for purpose and does not adequately deter poor practices. Indeed, it often fails to detect them."
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I am going to a do a tweet thread on the extraordinary #agedcareRC hearing today in which senior counsel assisting Peter Rozen declared the commonwealth "missing in action" on workforce issues. Let's dive in.
We had the most senior Department of Health bureaucrats, including secretary Glenys Beauchamp, in the stand. And the small issue of the fed govt's own workforce strategy report was raised. It was released September 2018.
NO formal government response has been provided to this major report which set out key milestones for fixing the most fundamental blockage in aged care (workforce). We might know why. A Ministerial Information Request was provided by the Department of Health to Ken Wyatt.
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Here I am with my dad, in the year I decided standing on one foot in photos was going to be my thing.

My dad endured my flamingo phase in bemused silence. He always stood beside me, even through my most ill-begotten ideas. #agedcarerc
He was also brilliant. His PhD looked like this: page after page of insane equations, theorising the movement of particles in fluid.

I have never known anybody who loved working as much as my dad. His favourite saying was ‘it’s only work if you don’t enjoy it.’ #agedcarerc
All through my childhood, he read voraciously. He composed piano concertos for fun. He taught me to love the life of the mind.

His idea of a relaxing road trip was teaching me to solve algebraic equations from behind the wheel. His brain never stopped. Until it did #agedcarerc
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1/6 Senator Gibbs was a strong advocate for the vulnerable and disadvantaged. She realised what was going to happen in aged care and spoke out strongly when the 1997 Aged Care Bill was introduced… #agedcareRC
2/6 Gibbs gave a telling & prophetic speech in parliament in which she aptly referred to George Orwell’s book '1984' as she described the way the words 'nursing care' had disappeared from the discourse about aged care… #agedcareRC
3/6 Prophetically Gibbs spoke of "managers with no nursing experience. No longer do nursing homes have to employ a qualified director of nursing who will ensure that professional standards are met"… #agedcareRC
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The #Greens have today launched our human rights based approach to Aged Care including 50,000 home care packages and a pay rise for aged care workers… #auspol #agedcare #AgedCareRC
It's been clear for years now that there are significant issues within the aged care sector and for too long aged care has been put in the too hard basket. We can’t keep tinkering around the edges. We need a comprehensive plan for how we are going to care for older Australians.
Our plan: 1. Guarantees a human rights based approach to aged care 2. Provides funding for an additional 50,000 Level 3 and 4 Home Care Packages over three years at a cost of $5.491billion
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Day 5 of the #agedcareRC and Department of Health Secretary Glenys Beauchamp is giving evidence. This isn’t her, however. This is a chair.
Some quick stats to get us underway, which Ms Beauchamp confirms. Aged care funding is principally 70% taxpayer and 30% from consumers receiving care. Resi Care is the vast bulk of govt funding but just a fraction of the number of people (eg. home care, commonwealth home support)
We're coming up to discussing the Aged Care Funding Instrument which, as an area of difficult and broken policy, really gets my motor running. #agedcareRC
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