Aged Care Council of Elders meets
The Federal Government has welcomed the first meeting of the Aged Care Council of Elders.
A key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Government established the Council of Elders as part of new governance arrangements arising from our aged care reforms.
The role of the council will be to consult with senior Australians to provide advice to Ministers on a range of matters including aged care quality and safety, the needs of senior Australians and their families and carers and the rights and dignity of senior Australians.
Attending the first meeting today, Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said the Council of Elders will play a critical role in making sure that those most central to the aged care system, senior Australians, have significant input into shaping the future of aged care.
Mr Colbeck commended and thanked Council of Elders chair Ian Yates for his leadership.
“Under Mr Yates’ tenure, we know the Council of Elders will help offer a defined and clear pathway as we continue to navigate the challenges across the aged care sector,” Mr Colbeck said.
Mr Yates said the first meeting of council members offered an important opportunity to ensure that into the future older Australians will have direct and meaningful influence on the directions in which aged care develops.
Key topics of discussion in today’s meeting included the impacts of the pandemic on senior Australians, especially those in residential aged care facilities; and the need for a proactive approach to enabling older people to age well, to continue to be accorded their rights while receiving aged care, and have choice and control over their lives.
The Council of Elders is scheduled to meet again in February, where members will continue their discussion around government reform initiatives currently being advanced, and engage with other senior Australians on how those changes are implemented.
See the Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub to read about the reforms and to participate in engagement activities at https://www.agedcareengagement.health.gov.au.
For more information about the Aged Care Council of Elders and members see https://www.health.gov.au/committees-and-groups/aged-care-council-of-elders.