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Darwin and Cairns Hearing

Access to aged care and clinical care

The Darwin and Cairns Hearing focused on aspects of care in residential, home and flexible aged care programs and examined rural and regional issues and quality of life for individuals in care.

Darwin: 8 July – 12 July 2019
Location: Supreme Court Building, State Square, Darwin City NT 8000
Time: 10:00am local time

Cairns: 15 July – 17 July 2019
Location: Cairns Convention Centre - Sheridan St & Wharf St, Cairns City QLD 4870
Time: 10:00am local time

These hearings can be viewed through the Royal Commission's YouTube channel.

At these public hearings the Royal Commission inquired into:

  • aspects of care in residential, home and flexible aged care programs, including:
    • accessibility and availability
    • wound, medication and pain management
    • nutrition and hydration
    • continence care
    • mobility
    • social supports
  • rural and regional issues for service delivery of aged care
  • quality of life for people receiving aged care

Further information

  • The Darwin and Cairns Hearing closed on Wednesday 17 July 2019.
  • Applications for leave to appear at the public hearing closed 5pm (ACST) on Friday 21 June 2019.
  • Exhibit documents relating to this hearing have been published on this page.
  • Transcripts and Witness list are available for all days of the hearing.
  • Post-hearing submissions were received.

Content Warning: Please be aware that images and descriptions contained within exhibits tendered at hearings of the Royal Commission and public submissions published on this website could be confronting to some.




To see a full list of all exhibits tendered to the Royal Commission please visit the Document Library.


The Royal Commission will publish its reports and other papers as they become available.  A range of research papers, background papers and related publications are also available.