This submission was developed by Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) in response to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework.
Our submission argues that the current Australian aged care system is failing older consumers, particularly those living in residential aged care. A range of current and previous inquiries have revealed significant issues, not only in individual aged care facilities such as Oakden in South Australia, but within the broader structures and systems that make up the aged care sector. Those issues are contributing to poorer outcomes for older people and their families.
While this submission focused on the Inquiry’s limited terms of reference, we note our strong contention that the quality issues that impacted Oakden residents and that have driven this review are directly impacted by the funding structures that supported the facility in its operations. We argue that those funding issues were a major contributor to the issues within Oakden, including the inability to attract high quality staff and to fill allied health positions.