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27th July 2020

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established in response to significant problems with aged care services in Australia. A national survey of Australian adults was conducted to assist the Commission’s inquiries and the research report from the survey is now available.

The survey asked for views about older Australians aged 70 years or more, the current aged care system, and what we would want should we need aged care. With over 10,000 people surveyed, the results showed the community’s perception of life in residential aged care is very negative and that most have a low level of knowledge about many aspects of the aged care system.

On a brighter note they found an overwhelming positive perspective towards people of 70 or older, with over 90% agreeing they have value to society.

It is well worth a read of this report.  The views captured in this survey are important when considering the current aged care system and how to reform it to meet the needs of Australians in the future.

You can download the report here: What Australians think of ageing and aged care-research paper July 2020.

REMINDER: the closing date for public submissions to the Royal Commission is Friday 31 July.