AMA submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in response to the Consultation Paper 1 - Aged Care Program Redesign: Services for the Future
On January 25 the AMA provided a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in response to the Consultation Paper 1 - Aged Care Program Redesign: Services for the Future.
In the submission the AMA responded to the Royal Commission’s proposal for the redesign of aged care services and provided the medical practitioner perspective on the proposed redesign concepts. By responding to the design questions, the AMA outlined its support or lack thereof for specific solutions, AMA’s views on system navigation, role of GPs in system navigation, appropriateness of medical care for older people and how the aged care and health systems could best work together to deliver care which better meets the complex health needs of older people.
The responses to the Consultation Paper design questions reflect the views of AMA members and their experiences working in the aged care sector. In considering the proposed design, AMA members reiterated that health and aged care should be considered two parts of the same system that should be designed to optimise health and wellbeing of older people. The AMA expressed its support for any model that would enable holistic care for older people, avoiding fragmentation and enabling continuity of care.