Aged care royal commission: Prepare for 'bruising' revelations, PM Morrison warns

A wide-ranging Royal Commission will explore the provision of residential and community aged care

Among the failings, which spanned a decade, were allegations that a 70-year-old resident was bashed to death by another patient, and a 99-year-old female resident was indecently assaulted by a male carer.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Health Minister Greg Hunt and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt are due to announce the royal commission on Sunday.

Canberra funding for aged care is already at record levels, reaching Aus$18.6 billion (US$13.3 billion) in 2017-18.

But immigration David Coleman said Morrison was "getting out on the front foot" with this decision, and the Business Council of Australia's chief executive Jennifer Westacott said it was a "spot-on call" by Morrison.

The announcement comes a year after a state-run dementia nursing home in South Australia state was shut when an investigation revealed horrific mistreatment of elderly residents over a 10-year period.

A damning 146-page report released in February catalogued numerous complaints of abuse and neglect at aged care facilities.

There is a growing number of services under sanction to improve their care.

The royal commission will focus on the quality of care provided in residential and home aged care to senior Australians, but will also include young Australians with disabilities living in residential aged care settings.

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Since that scandal, the health department has closed nearly one aged care service each month, while a growing number are failing to meet standards, Morrison said in a statement.

Following that scandal, the Government has been reviewing quality of care and regulatory processes in the sector.

'With more Australians exercising their choice to stay at home for longer, this means that when Australians are entering residential aged care these days they are doing so with more acute needs, ' he said.

The inquiry will also look into what can be done to prepare for the increasing demands of an aging population.

'But the best teams will always want to do better, and will always want to be honest about the performance of the sector as a whole'. Official figures show a further 17 aged-care facilities now have sanctions imposed.

The prime minister said Australia was a world leader in aged care, and most operators and carers were outstanding.

The Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association had been calling for a royal commission, saying in June there was a "national crisis" caused by ineffective quality standards and staffing ratios.

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