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07 Jun 2019

The AMA’s Dr Richard Kidd chaired a conference session on aged care, specifically on improving clinical care in an era of financial constraint.

Delegates heard a range of views from aged care stakeholders on the subject of how to best provide for, regulate and drive an improved sector.

“Despite the increasing prevalence of chronic, complex medical conditions in the ageing population, older people are facing barriers to access quality clinical care in aged care settings,” Dr Kidd said.

“The AMA has been advocating for a staff to resident ration that reflects level of care need and ensures 24-hour registered nurse on-site availability.

“The AMA has been strong in its advocacy to increase the Medicare rebate for GP visits to ensure residents receive timely access to medical services.”

Government spending on aged care was about $18 billion in 2017-18. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in underway, and debate continues across all stakeholders about how to sustainably improve clinical care in aged care settings.

Joining Dr Kidd on the panel were Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Janet Anderson, Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Annie Butler, geriatrician Dr Chris Davis, the University of Tasmania’s Professor Andrew Robinson, and Aged and Community Services Australia CEO Pat Sparrow.

Published: 07 Jun 2019