Reflections on Aged Care in 2020: The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and Covid-19

Facilitator: Professor Briony Dow, NARI

Presenter: Associate Professor Michael Murray (NARI), Associate Professor Frances Batchelor (NARI) and Dr Andrew Gilbert (NARI)

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The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, established October 2018, is due to provide a final report by February 2021. Already the commission has found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable, citizens and has stimulated a great a deal of discussion around quality care and neglect in aged care. Please join us for a panel discussion of the Royal Commission, as our panellists outline their contributions and answer questions about the Commission’s preliminary findings, Covid-19 and the future of aged care in Australia.

About the presenters

Associate Professor Michael Murray AM, is the President of the Board of the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). He has a broad range of management, clinical and clinical teaching experience in the area of aged care.

Associate Professor Murray is the medical director of Continuing Care and head of Geriatric Medicine at Austin Health, Associate Professor at Melbourne University and Adjunct Associate Professor Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, and formerly the University of Notre Dame. He holds a number of board and committee positions with a variety of government, health and educational institutions and has held the position of Continence Foundation of Australia National President since 2004. 

Associate Professor Frances Batchelor is a Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Clinical Gerontology Division. She is also a Research Lead for the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration. As a research and clinical physiotherapist she has over 30 years of experience in community, hospital and aged care services and completed her PhD at the end of 2010 entitled “Falls Prevention After Stroke”.

Her current research interests are falls prevention, balance and gait assessment and treatment, healthy ageing, the role of technology in ageing, and health and aged care practice. She has over 40 publications and has been successful in obtaining over $6 Million in research funding. Associate Professor Batchelor’s career is focused on collaborative approaches to research, policy and practice change to improve the lives of older people.

Dr Andrew Simon Gilbert is a Research Fellow in the Social Gerontology division at NARI. His disciplinary background is in sociology, communication studies, ageing, and qualitative research. He is an emerging researcher in health and aged care systems, including organisational issues and policy. Dr Gilbert joined NARI in November 2018 to work on projects related to raising dementia awareness among CALD communities, the use of video-interpreting for home-based aged care assessments of clients from CALD backgrounds, and stakeholder perspectives of 'good aged care' in Australian aged care facilities. In 2020, he led a project investigating Integrated Models of Care, Health and Housing on behalf of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. He also has 10 years’ experience working with people with intellectual disabilities in both government and non-profit sectors.

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