Aged Care Quality and Safety on proposed re-design of the aged care system


Summary

Date: 22 January 2020

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s (Royal Commission’s) proposed re-design of the aged care system.

There is currently limited evidence to indicate which model of medical care is the most effective; however, like all general practice encounters, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. What works best for one community, even a single patient within the community, may vary depending on circumstances. The RACGP cautions against establishment of a single model of care and proposes that any model of care should be tailored to best address the needs of the patients/residents.

The RACGP emphasises that GPs play an important role within the aged care system and should be a key component in any re-design solution.