The Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care proves that the new PM fully understands that there are significant issues with violence, abuse and neglect being perpetrated on many older vulnerable Australians within these facilities and in home settings.
“AFDO and our colleagues in the disability sector, have made strong calls for a Royal Commission to shine a light, bring about change, expose the perpetrators and allow the terrible stories of ongoing violence, abuse and neglect to be heard from people with disability happening, not just in aged care, but in all settings Australia wide,” stated Ross Joyce, the CEO of AFDO.
“There is substantial evidence that people with disability, especially women and girls with disability continue to experience violence, abuse, and neglect in residential and other disability settings across Australia. A 2015 Senate inquiry called for a Royal Commission based on the shocking evidence it had uncovered which was ignored.
This announcement recognises the crisis within aged care, and it provides the catalyst to address this not only for older Australians, many of whom are people with disability, and young people with disability who are shamefully trapped in aged care, but it must also capture these issues for people with disability across Australia”.
“We offer our expertise in assisting the Morrison Government to ensure the Royal Commission terms cover not only aged care but all areas for people with disability who continue to be mistreated and silenced,” advised Mr.Joyce.
The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) and our members say the time has come, we implore the Prime Minister and the Federal Government to ensure that all people in the aged sector and people with disability across the community are included within the scope of this well overdue Royal Commission.
For more information, please contact MrRoss Joyce, CEO on 0402 842 040.