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Joint Statement Supporting a Rights Based Aged Care Act

Published: 18 November 2021
  • national
  • 18 November 2021
  • OPAN

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), and the following organisations, call on the Australian Government to commit to, and implement, an Aged Care Act that embeds the rights of older people within the Act in order to truly transform the aged care system. We place on the public record our support for a Rights-Based Act.

The first recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report was a new Aged Care Act, specifically a rights-based Act. Placing this as the first recommendation highlighted the importance and centrality of this new Act to truly transforming the current aged care system. It also emphasised the importance of placing the older person, and their rights, as ‘central’ to aged care. The following two recommendations provided greater detail on the rights and principles for this Act, though older people are saying that many of the principles should, in fact, be rights.