Royal Commission announces first hearing for 2020 – a workshop on the redesign of the aged care system

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The workshop – to be held in Adelaide on Monday 10 February and Tuesday 11 February 2020 – will help test propositions on the future of the aged care system in the lead-up to the Commissioners’ final recommendations in November 2020.

The announcement follows the release of the Commissioners’ first consultation paper on redesigning the aged care program in December 2019.

As discussed in my 18 December 2019, 220th edition, that paper proposed a new aged care model that would separate care from accommodation and provide the “joy” discussed by Commissioner Lynelle Briggs at the community forums.

The paper had concluded with the Commissioners stating the Royal Commission would convene workshops with authors of select submissions – the deadline for which closed yesterday.

The Royal Commission says it will have a series of hearings in the first half of 2020 (the second half presumably will be dedicated to writing the Final Report) with some in the form of workshops to gather evidence in a less formal setting.

The Commissioners will moderate the workshops with the Counsel Assisting facilitating the discussion between the participants, who will be chosen based on their experience or expertise, submissions to the Royal Commission or past engagement with the Commission.

Like the formal hearings, a live webcast will also be broadcast on the Royal Commission’s website and a transcript of the workshop published later.

Find out more information about the workshops here.

I will be at the Adelaide workshops every day to report on the latest news.