Protection for the aged stepped up – will villages be next for police checks?

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Justine Elliot, the new Federal Minister for Ageing, has responded media coverage by News
Limited newspapers of the ballooning complaints of mishandling and other offenses in aged
care facilities. She has announced an expansion of staff police checks from unsupervised staff
only to all staff in accredited aged care facilities. Village operators may consider taking this
precaution as well. A 48 hour police check service is now being offered by PRM Group at a
cost of just $48.40 per employee (Ph: 03 9370 8294).

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