The ABC will dedicate an entire episode of Q&A to the aged care sector this Monday night.

The ABC has been fundamental in lifting the lid on the problems plaguing in the sector. Their ‘Who cares?’ Four Corners report was pivotal in the government’s calling of a royal commission into the sector.

Since then, the ABC has continued to unveil instances of poor care, abuse, and weak regulation in the aged care sector.

A call to the public to share their experiences of aged care resulted in Australia’s largest crowdsourced investigation that is still ongoing.

On Monday 7 October, the ABC will air a special episode of Q&A about aged care.

The program will delve into the issues plaguing the system, and will most likely include quality of care, dementia management, abuse, the inspection system, staff ratios, aged care alternatives, and corporatisation of the system.

What is covered on the night will depend on questions from the audience. 

On the panel to respond will be:

  • Maggie Beer – a celebrity chef who is trying to improve the quality of food in nursing homes
  • Sean Rooney – CEO of Leading Age Services Australia, the peak body for all types of aged care in Australia
  • Sarah Holland-Batt – an academic and poet who told the royal commission her father was “sadistically” abused while living in residential aged care
  • Richard Colbeck – the newly appointed Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, who has previously been involved in the building construction side of aged care
  • Julie Collins – Labor’s Shadow Minister for Aged Care

The ABC is keen to see members of the HelloCare network in the audience. You can register to join the live audience here.

Alternatively, you can tune in to the ABC at 9.35pm on Monday 7 October to watch the show live. 


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