UnitingCare welcomes release of Aged Care Royal Commission Final Report

March 1, 2021

UnitingCare today welcomed the release of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s final report (“The Report”).

UnitingCare Chief Executive Craig Barke said, “As the largest not-for-profit provider of aged care services in Queensland, we stand ready and willing to work with Federal policy makers to improve the quality, safety, accessibility, and sustainability of Australia’s aged care system.

“UnitingCare was very pleased to appear before the Commission at its June 2019 hearing in Broome to provide our insights into the aged care sector, with special focus on how to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of services in Indigenous and remote communities,” said Mr Barke.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that our frontline aged care workers are driven by a desire to serve, and we commend our entire aged care workforce for the role they continue to play in caring compassionately for the most vulnerable people in our community.

“We look forward to the Federal Government’s full response to The Report in the May Budget,” said Mr Barke.

Ahead of the May Federal Budget, UnitingCare is urging Queenslanders to support the National Aged Care Collaboration’s “It’s time to care about aged care” campaign and sign its online petition that calls for meaningful reform of Australia’s aged care system: www.careaboutagedcare.org.au