The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s recent sector performance reports show that ‘effective governance systems’ is one of the most frequent ‘not met’ standards noted in their site and review audits of aged care providers.

This comes at a time when the sector is already under substantial pressure in the wake of the October 2019 interim report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, highlighting cases of abuse, neglect and a system inadequate to care for older Australians. The Royal Commission’s final report – due in February 2021 – is anticipated to recommend a whole-ofsystem reform and redesign.

Concerns over the quality and safety of aged care services dominate the environment in which aged care boards are operating and, in particular, poor quality and safety outcomes for aged care consumers have exposed significant flaws in systems of clinical governance. 

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