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Aged care providers quizzed over health

A number of aged care providers will be quizzed at a royal commission about their role in helping residents get the health services they need.

The aged care royal commission’s Canberra hearing is examining ways to improve health and medical services for people in the aged care system.

Three representatives of aged care providers will give evidence on Wednesday, along with two palliative care nurses.

Senior counsel assisting the commission Peter Gray QC on Monday said all people receiving aged care should have access to the health services they need, but it is clear that is not happening.

One of the changes being considered by the royal commission is expanding the role of aged care providers to support people to receive the health care they need, and ensuring there are no gaps in responsibilities for providing that care.

On Tuesday, the commission heard about a woman with dementia, who experienced unnecessary distress due to inappropriate transfers to hospital from her aged care facility in the ACT.

The woman’s daughter told the hearing that having dementia should not mean that the health and aged care systems treat people with any less respect, or fail to provide the necessary care to ensure continued wellbeing.

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