Now it is time that you tell the Senate committee about your experiences and where improvements must be made. You can email the Senate Committee Secretary directly and your submission or letter can be completely confidential, name withheld or public. Just go to one of the links below and follow our tips for sending your story to the Committee.
Keep these points in mind
- As a community we are entitled to expect a high standard of quality care for older family members and friends - and ourselves, when our time comes.
- Our elected governments must set and adhere to standards that protect all individuals and keep residents of aged care facilities safe.
Tips for writing your story
- Explain why you want to speak out on this issue - (a personal experience) or belief.
- Describe the impacts of unsafe staffing or poor skill mix. Include examples where possible. PLEASE ENSURE YOU USE THE CONFIDENTIAL LINK.
- Describe for the Committee your personal experience of aged care, whether as an employee, family member or consumer and how this issue affects you.
- Describe how you think improvements could be made - and what quality aged care means to you, your family and your friends.
- If you are a nurse from a hospital setting, outline your own experience caring for people who have been transferred from aged care homes.
- Let the Committee know if you want to speak to your letter – it is expected that there will be public hearings later this year.
Submission - Completely Confidential
Submission - Name Withheld
Submission - Completely Public
If you are unable to email your submission using the links provided above, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and ensure that the subject of your email is either Senate Aged Care Inquiry - Completely Confidential Submission, Senate Aged Care Inquiry - Name Withheld Submission or Senate Aged Care Inquiry - Public Submission.
Submissions close on the 4th of March. If you want more information on the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry, have a look at the Senate Committee website. We are asking that you help us Demand Dignity for aged care - and tell the Senate your stories.