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Media Release Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Aged Care

BB063 Wednesday, 14 June 2000

AGED CARE FORUM WORKING GROUPS REPORT BACK TO MINISTER Federal Minister for Aged Care Bronwyn Bishop said the members of the National Aged Care Accreditation and Compliance Forum, which met today in Sydney, had presented the meeting with the first draft of papers for consideration by the Forum.

Established by the Government in March this year the Forum assists the development of appropriate strategies to further improve the quality of aged care.

Its membership comprises representatives of the Government and individuals of expertise associated with peak industry groups and the aged care sector.

Mrs Bishop said the Code of Conduct working group chaired by Father John Fleming from the Southern Cross Bio-ethics Institute, today presented the first draft of an industry-wide Code of Conduct.

"The Code of Conduct is about ensuring professional and ethical conduct and raising community confidence in the aged care industry," Mrs Bishop said.

"The Code is designed to see adherence to the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law."

Mrs Bishop said the Medical and Pharmaceutical Practice in Aged Care working group, which is co-chaired by Dr Andris Darzins, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and Mr Jeremy Hampton, Pharmacy Guild of Australia also reported on its progress.

Mrs Bishop said the Forum had today taken the step to establish a new working group to examine options towards developing an enhanced level four aged care worker qualification.

The group will include June Heinrich (Chair), John Stevens, Sandra Moait, Libby Davies and John Leaper.

Mrs Bishop said she was pleased with the progress of the working groups and the Forum.

"The Forum is part of our commitment to continuing reform in the aged care sector, and carries forward the quality assurance and compliance system we instituted in 1997 to improve the standard of aged care facilities nationally."

The Government looks forward to continuing to work in partnership with the industry to ensure the

continuous improvement in the residential care."

Media Contact: Genevieve Atkinson on 0407 367 694.

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Published on Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care web site 15 June 2000 Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care URL: http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2000/bb/bb20063.htm