Elder Abuse Watchdog on the way

April 20, 2018

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has praised Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt for ensuring Australia's aged care sector will soon have to answer to a single watchdog under Federal Government reforms in the wake of the Oakden elder abuse scandal in South Australia.

The ABC reports, Minister Wyatt has announced plans to combine three separate agencies which handle quality control and complaints in the aged care sector by the beginning of next year.

A new ratings system allowing facilities to be graded against key benchmarks, and a comparison tool on the My Aged Care website, will also be introduced.

"The unified new commission will be a responsive, one-stop shop to prevent failures, highlight quality concerns and have them quickly rectified," Mr Wyatt said.

Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News the idea makes total sense to him.

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