Ageism a Key Driver of Failures within the Aged Care System

EveryAGE Counts – a national, coalition-led advocacy campaign aimed at tackling ageism – has told the Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety that ageism – ingrained in widely unquestioned social norms and underpinning the whole system and approach to our care system - is a key driver of failures within the Australian aged care sector.

In its submission to the inquiry, the EveryAGE Counts coalition – which includes the Australian Human Rights Commission, COTA Australia, National Seniors, The Benevolent Society and a diverse range of other organisations and individuals – contends that ageism plays a profound underlying role in contributing to recent high profile examples of neglect and abuse that have led to the Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety.