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Aged care sector Code of Conduct and Ethical Practice.

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Media Release Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Aged Care

BB094 Tuesday 17, 2000

Aged Care Sector Code of Conduct and Ethical Practice Federal Minister for Aged Care, Bronwyn Bishop today released the draft of a Code of Conduct and Ethical Practice for the aged care sector at a meeting of the National Accreditation and Compliance Forum in Sydney.

"The Code of Conduct is designed to reassure the community that the industry wishes to comply with the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law," Mrs Bishop said.

The Code of Conduct was initiated by the Minister through the Forum and was developed by Working Group Forum members headed by Reverend Dr John I. Fleming, Director of the Southern Cross Bioethics Institute.

Mrs Bishop said the Code of Conduct and Ethical Practice aims to assists the aged care sector work in a professional and ethical manner.

"The Code covers a broad range of topics from fundamental human rights through to financial and legal issues."

"It is recognition that the industry wants to be well regarded and have the community at large understand that they have an ethical commitment."

"Importantly, the Code has been developed as a voluntary and self-regulatory Code to provide a guide to good practice."

Mrs Bishop said the Draft Code is available for comment until February 2001.

"Individual service providers, industry bodies, consumer groups, professional bodies and interested people are encouraged to consider the draft and provide comment."

‘This draft is being made available to encourage discussion and comment on the issues it raises, and the development of a culture that clearly places the needs of aged care residents at the centre of a facility’s operations.’

‘I would encourage all those who work in the aged care industry to become involved in this process,’ said the Minister.

Mrs Bishop said she would like to thank working group members, and their chairman the Reverend Dr John I. Fleming, Director of the Southern Cross Bioethics Institute.

‘I am encouraged by the support of Complaints and Compliance Forum members and the energy with which the working group has developed the draft.’

The Working Group that developed the Code of Conduct comprised:

Reverend Dr John I. Fleming, Chair, Ms Joanne Ramadge, Royal Australian College of Nursing Ms Margaret Hess, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland Ms Mary Lyttle, Residential Care Rights, Victoria Dr John Leaper, TLC Aged Care Pty Ltd, Victoria Mr Ian Hardy, Helping Hand Aged Care, and president of ACSA Ms Sandra Moait / Ms Tracey McDonald, New South Wales Nurse’s Association Ms June Heinrich, Baptist Community Services (NSW/ACT) Mr Bernie Valadian, Aboriginal Hostels Ltd.

Media contact - Genevieve Atkinson on 0407 367 694 or Reverend Dr John Fleming

Phone: (08) 8297 0946, mobile 0419 819 452

Copies of the Code of Conduct can be obtained from Minister Bishop’s office on 02 6277 7280 or on the Department’s web site at

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