Aged care Royal Commission shines spotlight on elder abuse

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A Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety could help improve the treatment of elderly residents across Australia.

The commission, which begins Friday in Adelaide, will focus on residential and in-home care, as well as care for young people with disabilities.

It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was ‘shocked’ by a string of ‘disturbing’ failures in Australia’s aged care system.


Submissions can be made to the enquiry until June, through the website or by phone, by people who wish to share experiences or concerns.

Noleen Hausler and her father, Clarence (Credit: Supplied)

The aged care commission follows a strong campaign led by South Australian woman Noleen Hausler, who uncovered abuse her father suffered at the hands of his carer.

Noleen is calling for ethical CCTV to be allowed in care homes so residents can feel safe from the threat of abuse.

that’s life! supports Noleen’s campaign and has called for Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt to legislate for the use of ethical video surveillance in private rooms of aged care facilities, with the permission of residents or their family members/guardians.  

Noleen Hausler (Credit: Supplied)

that’s life! believes every resident has the right to quality care and to feel safe from the threat of abuse. 

If you believe that too please join our Show You Care campaign and sign our petition

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