Australian-first trial of CCTV in aged care facilities to begin in SA

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The Federal Government will invest $500,000 in a 12-month trial of the surveillance and monitoring system, which will run across at least five SA Health-managed facilities in the second half of 2019.

The State Government will run the trial in partnership with the UK’s Care Protect – a specialist in audio-visual monitoring services for health and social care environments.

The technology, which is monitored 24/7, detects excessive noise and movement and light changes, triggering an alert to a reviewer who can view the footage within seconds.

The announcement of the CCTV trial program follows numerous allegations of poor-quality care and malpractice by aged care home staff, most famously at the SA Government-run Oakden facility.

Only residents and families who provide consent will take part in the trial.