Royal Commission Update

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2019

Brightwater is fully supportive of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and has been a positive participant in the Commission process.

In March Brightwater CEO Jennifer Lawrence was honoured to be invited to a closed round table discussion on dementia with Commissioners and eight other dementia care specialists. It was an opportunity to outline the challenges and successes we see here at Brightwater in supporting our clients with dementia, and we are confident that improvements to dementia care are firmly in the sights of the Commission outcomes.

Jennifer was also requested to appear at the Commission during the recent public hearings in Sydney. On 14 May she joined a panel alongside the CEOs from Glenview in Tasmania, and Group Homes Australia in Sydney, to respond to questions regarding best practice models of care in residential care, and with a particular focus on care and support for people with dementia.

Brightwater has a long history of caring for clients with dementia, and the Royal Commission’s recognition of Brightwater’s experience was an opportunity to provide recommendations for improvements in this area of growing need in Australia.

“My experience of the Commission was encouraging. I truly believe that the gravity of the issues facing aged care in Australia is being represented strongly, with the result being a focus on solutions, rather than finger pointing,” said Ms Lawrence.

“Brightwater looks forward to the recommendations of the Royal Commission, and continuing the journey of change required to meet the needs of older Western Australians.”

Read more about Brightwater being selected by the Australian Government to deliver the pilot Specialist Dementia Care Program at its home Brightwater The Village, in Inglewood, Perth.