Elder Abuse Awareness: Action Needed to Reduce Abuse in Aged Care Homes

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), is an opportunity to assess how far things have improved since the Aged Care Royal Commission delivered its frightening report on aged care. Sadly, there is still a long way to go.
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Victims of Sexual Abuse in Aged Care

Reports of sexual abuse against aged care residents exceeded a staggering 500 in the last 3 months of 2021. Concerned that not all victims report their abuse, CEO of OPAN Craig Gear has announced the Ready to Listen project.
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Media Release – 6500 Reports of Distressed and Neglected Aged Care Residents

Aged Care Watch submitted 6,500 reports of aged care residents left neglected and distressed to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission on Wednesday 27 April 2022.  This was first reported in The Guardian.
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Whistleblowing Protections in Aged Care

Those who experience or witness malpractice, in any medical setting, must be assured that they will not face retribution if they speak out about substandard care. This highlights the importance of protections for individuals who ‘blow the whistle’ on poor practices, whether they be staff or residents.
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Aged Care Royal Commissioner Honoured for Service to the Law

Aged care Royal Commissioner Tony Pagone was among 155 appointed a Member of the Order (AM), which is given for service in a particular locality or field of activity, or to a particular group.
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President’s Report – December 2021

We have made significant progress in many spheres, and are now well placed to pursue our objectives in 2022.
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Restraints and Restrictive Practices in Aged Care Facilities

Recent legislative reform regarding the use of restraints and restrictive in aged care is insufficient to protect residents’ rights.
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Don’t Tie our Hands on Restrictive Practices

Australian legislators are at a crossroads with the current opportunity to improve the dismal state of aged care services. 
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Legal options to stop chemical restraint and improper prescribing of psychotropic medications

A recent Commonwealth government audit showed that 90 per cent of residents at a Newcastle nursing home had received psychotropic drugs without prior written consent.
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Advocacy Group Raises Alarm

The legal community has an important role to play in enforcing the rights of aged care residents in Australia.
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ALARM announces Royal Commissioner as Patron to support access to justice for aged care residents

The Honorable Tony Pagone QC, former Federal Court Judge and one of the Royal Commissioners into Aged Care Quality and Safety, has been appointed to the position of Patron for community legal support organisation, ALARM.
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Negligent Care Within Aged Care Facilities All Too Common

We acted for the daughter and granddaughter of a man (Mr W) who died as a result of the negligent care he received at an aged cared facility in Parramatta, New South Wales.
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Mother murdered by a nursing assistant

We successfully settled a negligence claim for our client who suffered mental harm (also known as ‘nervous shock’) when her mother was murdered by a nursing assistant at a facility in the Hunter Region.
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Aged Care Home Death

We helped one of the families featured in the second part of Who Cares?, the ABC TV Four Corners expose into the aged care sector, to fight for justice.
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Father Murdered by a Nursing Assistant

We successfully settled a negligence claim for our client who suffered mental harm (also known as ‘nervous shock’) when her 80-year old father was murdered by a nursing assistant at a facility in the Hunter Region.
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Aged Care Facility Precipitates Avoidable Death

We assisted a client in her claim against an aged care facility concerning the preventable death of her mother (Mrs S) whilst she was under the facility’s care.
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Unsafe Conditions in Retirement Village

We acted for a client regarding the unsafe conditions and poor treatment she received as a resident in a retirement village.
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Avoidable Death in a Hunter Aged Care Facility

We helped clients sue an aged care facility over the death of their mother (and grandmother) while in the facility’s care.
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What are the Limits on Available Damages to Aged-care Residents?

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety found that a victim of mistreatment in an aged care facility may obtain compensation through an action based on a breach of contract or in tort law e.g., a breach of duty of care.[2] This article focuses on the limitations placed on awards of damages or compensation in tort claims.
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Australia’s Litigation Lag

The findings of the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care[2] have shed light again on the astonishing amount of abuse that occurs in residential facilities in Australia. Some providers are subjecting residents in their care to poor nutrition, unlawful restraint, and neglect have been revealed as common experiences in homes which have been reported by the Commissioners.
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Residential Aged Care Agreements

This article is Part 1 of a series written by ALARM volunteers regarding residential aged care agreements (ACRA).
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Understaffing and Lack of Proper Training in Aged Care Facilities

A recurring theme emerging from the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care (‘Royal Commission’) is understaffing and lack of proper training with respect to employees in Aged Care facilities throughout Australia.
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Delays in Aged Care Facilities

Australia has one of the highest rates of its population living in residential aged care of any country in the world. Over 6% of Australian residents aged 65 or over live in residential aged care facilities, the second-highest in the OECD after Lithuania.
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Aged Care Complaints Process

Recipients of aged care services have the right to lodge a complaint and raise concerns about the information, service or care rendered by providers.
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Access to Justice for Aged Care Residents with Disabilities

The recent Royal Commission into Aged Care (“Royal Commission”) brought many uncomfortable truths about Australia’s aged care system into public consciousness. One is difficulties older Australians and aged care residents currently experience in accessing the care they need; another is securing access to justice when their rights are infringed.
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Nutrition in Aged Care

A nutritious diet is a fundamental aspect of health and wellbeing. Several factors contribute to the poor nutrition of aged care residents.
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Opinion: The Budget won’t budge it

Since 1997, there have been 18 Government investigations into the failing Aged Care system. These reports have failed to alter a status quo of abuse and neglect because they have not led to meaningful reform, this is a pattern of wilful blindness.
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