Canberra Hearing

Interfaces between the aged care and the health care system

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Canberra from Monday 9 December 2019 to Friday 13 December 2019. The Royal Commission will inquire into the interface between aged care system and health care system, including:

  • the challenges faced by people living in residential aged care services attempting to access health services funded under Medicare or by the states and territories
  • whether there is a need to improve access to primary health care services (particularly general practitioners, nurse practitioners and primary care nurses) for older people in residential aged care, and if so, how this could be achieved
  • whether there is a need to improve access to high quality secondary and tertiary (sub-acute and acute) health care services for older people in residential aged care, and if so, how this could be achieved
  • the challenges faced by people living in aged care in accessing medical specialists, and the harms arising from inadequate access
  • whether it is necessary or desirable to improve how older people are transferred to and from aged care and hospitals, including the appropriateness of rehabilitation and transition care services post hospital attendance
  • whether there is a need for improved data collection, communication and planning in relation to the health needs of older people accessing aged care services, including the interoperability of care management systems
  • the sufficiency of access to state and territory funded palliative care services for people living in residential aged care

The Royal Commission has approached the organisations and individuals from whom it seeks evidence for this public hearing.

Public Submission

Guidance on how to make a submission to the Royal Commission can be found on the Submissions page.

Leave to appear

Applications for leave to appear at the public hearing from anyone who considers that they have a direct and substantial interest in the matters that will be examined at the public hearing must be received by 5pm (ACDT) on Monday 25 November 2019.

Individuals who have been invited or required to give evidence at the public hearing are invited to make an application for leave to appear. Any application for leave to appear will be determined in accordance with Practice Guideline 3 and must be made using the Royal Commission’s application form.

Practice Guideline 3 and the application for leave to appear form are available for download below:

Further assistance

If you are having difficulty viewing any of the documents on this page, or require an accessible format, please email ACRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au.

If you are unable to communicate via email please phone the Royal Commission on 1800 960 711 to make alternative arrangements.