The report by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on the impact of COVID-19 is superficial and adds little to what is already being done to prevent and manage COVID-19 in aged care. The Commission’s conclusion regarding Australia’s performance on COVID-19 in residential aged care is misleading and obscures the truth.
The Commission argues that Australia has done well. But it plays with statistics by comparing Australia to Canada and the United Kingdom. Comparing aged care mortality rates...
Professor Hal Swerissen is a Fellow at the Grattan Institute. He has an extensive and distinguished record of achievement in health policy research and analysis. He has held senior executive positions as Pro Vice Chancellor (Regional) and Executive Dean of Health Sciences at La Trobe University. He has been a senior advisor to Commonwealth and State governments and has conducted a range of policy and research studies and inquiries. He has published more than 100 academic papers and research reports.