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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Royal Commission into Aged Care The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is a great opportunity to shine a light on the issue of young people in nursing homes and look for a permanent solution.

Established in 2018, the Royal Commission will examine the quality and adequacy of aged care services and what is required in the future.

The level of care younger people with disabilities receive in aged care will be examined and is specifically mentioned in the Terms of Reference.

It is expected the Royal Commission will also look at the broader issue of why around 6,000 people under the age of 65 remain stuck in aged care facilities and what more needs to be done to get out those who don't want to be there.

Have your say

To inform our submission to the Royal Commission we are conducting a special survey of current and former residents of nursing homes.

Please click on this link and tell us about your experience and what you think needs to change.

Family members or representatives can fill out the survey on behalf of a person who is not able to complete it themselves.

All survey responses will be kept confidential unless the person filling it out specifies otherwise.

YPINH Alliance National Director Dr Bronwyn Morkham said it was important to get the views of as many people as possible about the standard of care in nursing homes and what needs to change.

Make your own submission

The Royal Commission is keen to hear directly from all current and former residents of nursing homes and their families.

A submissions page has been set up which provides all the information you need about getting involved.

Submissions can be made by:

  • Phone: Call 1800 960 711 between 8 am and 8 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time, Monday to Friday except on Public Holidays).
  • Letter: Write to them at GPO Box 1151, Adelaide SA 5001
  • Via an online form: Find the form here on the website. The form can also be downloaded and filled out. You can also upload a prepared document.
  • Email: Get in touch via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Things to consider when making a submission

Here are some key questions you might like to consider answering in your submission:

  • What is your age, location and disability?
  • How did you come to live in a nursing home and was it your choice?
  • Are nursing homes an appropriate place for young people with disabilities to live permanently?
  • Has your experience of living in a nursing home been a positive or negative one?
  • Has your physical and mental health improved or not improved since you entered a nursing home?
  • Have you experienced some of the commonly reported negatives of living in a nursing home – such as a lack of appropriately trained staff, social isolation, a lack of security, inadequate specialist or allied health support and a lack of coordinated care?
  • If you are an NDIS participant has that been a positive or negative experience? What would be the ideal support the NDIS could provide?
  • If you have left a nursing home where have you gone? Has leaving had a positive or negative impact on your physical and mental health and your level of community engagement?

We can help you make a submission

If you would like some assistance to make a submission, we are happy to help.

Please provide your details via our contact form and we will get in touch.