Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell welcomes the Government’s announcement today on progress towards
establishing an Aged Care Commissioner.
"The creation of a dedicated Aged Care Commissioner is an excellent opportunity to elevate our work to promote and
protect the rights of people receiving aged care services," says Morag McDowell.
The Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) is the independent watchdog for consumers’ rights in the health and
The Aged Care Commissioner will be located within the HDC to provide greater oversight of aged care services and
leadership in advocating for quality improvement across the sector.
"While there are multiple agencies that are responsible for ensuring the quality of services, the Aged Care Commissioner
will act as a high profile focal point for monitoring and addressing quality and safety issues in health and disability
services for older people," says Morag McDowell.
"We look forward to engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to build our understanding of the key issues, concerns
and priority areas for the role."
HDC will begin advertising for applications in August, with work already underway to have the role and additional
capacity to support it in place within the coming year.
"We’re hoping to hear from a diverse range of candidates with the leadership, communication and decision-making skills
to drive improvement in the aged care sector," says Morag McDowell.
"Ideally, they will also have a deep understanding of consumers’ experiences and knowledge of health and disability
services for older people."