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Notice given 11 July 2005

1024  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—

(1) What is the department’s role in negotiating the sale of residential aged care places and facilities between approved providers.

(2) (a) What mechanisms are in place to ensure that residents, staff and community are consulted about the sale of residential aged care places and facilities between approved providers; and (b) can information be provided to describe the nature of these consultation mechanisms.

(3) (a) What mechanisms exist to enable residents, staff and the community to provide feedback to the department about the sale of residential aged care places and facilities between approved providers; (b) how does the department handle any feedback of this nature; and (c) what part does this feedback play in the department’s decisions regarding these sales.

(4) Does the department investigate and approve the sale of aged care places and facilities.

(5) Can a description be provided of the nature of the approval process, for example, what area of the department considers the sales, who in the department signs off on sales, is Ministerial sign-off required etc.

1027  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—

(1) Since 1 January 2000, can a list be provided of all ‘spot checks’ by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency on facilities owned by Hall and Prior Aged Care or related companies and Vaucluse Nursing Home, including: (a) the date of the spot checks; (b) the name and location of the facility that was checked; (c) whether any issues or problems were identified; and (d) the nature of any issues or problems that were identified.

 

 (2) Is the department informed of aged care facilities inspections by Worksafe Australia or equivalent agencies; if so, since 1 January 2000, can a list be provided of all worksafe inspections on either Vaucluse Nursing Home or facilities owned by Hall and Prior Aged Care or related companies be provided, including: (a) the date of the inspections; (b) the purpose of the inspection; (c) the name and location of the facility that was checked; (d) whether any issues or problems were identified; and (e) the nature of any issues or problems that were identified.

(3) (a) Does the department express concerns to providers when it becomes aware of occupational health and safety and/or resident care concerns arising from poor maintenance of facilities, such as ceilings collapsing; (b) what are the responsibilities of the department or agencies under these circumstances; and (c) how are these concerns progressed with providers.

(4) (a) How can the department assure the safety of residents and staff when incidents like this may be occurring on a regular basis; and (b) what is the department’s responsibility to ensure that providers have safe working environments for staff and living environments for residents.

(5) (a) Is the department aware of the number or details of workers’ compensation claims at aged care facilities; (b) how is the department provided with this information; and (c) what is the requirement on providers to provide this information as part of, for instance, their ongoing licensing responsibilities.

(6) Is the department aware of the number or details of workers’ compensation claims at either Vaucluse Nursing Home or facilities owned by Hall and Prior Aged Care or related companies; if so, can information be provided on: (a) the date of the claims; (b) the purpose of the claims; (c) the injuries that resulted in the claims; (d) the outcome of the claims; and (e) what was done in response to the claims.

(7) Does the department consider and monitor workers’ compensation claims and injury rates and check to see if mechanisms are in place to address the concerns when they conduct accreditation checks; if not, why not.

(8) Is the proportion of permanent employees, casual employees, trainees, contractors or agency employees considered and monitored by the department when it conducts accreditation checks on aged care facilities; if not, why not.