The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established on 8 October 2018 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). Submissions were invited from interested members of the public and institutions in relation to a number of aspects related to the provision of safe, quality aged care services.
To raise awareness of the potential positive impact of embedding primary prevention approaches into the provision of aged care services, the SMPCP Elder Abuse Prevention Network (EAPN) Steering Committee formed a small working group to develop a submission to the Royal Commission.
The SMPCP EAPN submission recommends that:
- Primary prevention actions which address poor behaviours, norms and attitudes towards older Australians should be the foundation on which Aged Care Reform is built.
- Primary prevention should be embedded in every aged care policy framework developed at every level of government which includes aged care services.
- Embedding primary prevention would improve quality of care, a strong foundation for person centred care, and increase opportunities for older Australian’s to maintain their independence.
- Existing models of primary prevention – including one for addressing elder abuse – can be used and scaled up to the national level.