Carinity (formerly Queensland Baptist Care) has achieved a significant first with the Department of social services withdrawing its sanction of its Karinya Aged Care facility and expunging the record.
In February an investigation of all nine Carinity facilities was announced by Mitch Fifield, the Assistant Minister for Social Services. This followed a complaint made against another Carinity facility, which is now believed to have been made by disgruntled employee, which led to a number of articles published in The Australian newspaper alleging resident abuse and a cover up.
Carinity managed to get the sanction on Karinya lifted within 10 days but had to commence proceedings in May in the Federal Court seeking to achieve a judicial review of a serious risk finding.
The Department took the decision to overturn the sanctions and expunge the record on 24 June. A first.
Carinity CEO, Jon Campbell, says they will review whether they will take further action given the reputational damage and significant financial costs they had endured. He points out that very early on in the proceedings all parties were aware that the facts did not support the sanction.