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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

25 November 2019

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Media release: New initiatives to stop younger people going into aged care by 2022

Organisations supporting young people living in nursing homes have welcomed the Morrison government's commitment to work to the targets endorsed by the Aged Care Royal Commission that will see no younger person enter residential aged care by 2022 and no one under 65 years in aged care by 2025.

"This is an important step forward and we applaud the government for its commitment to these new targets, said YPINH Alliance head, Dr Bronwyn Morkham. "The targets reflect the urgency of this problem – and they are certainly achievable – but it's essential that we start now.

"We're ready to work with the government to develop and implement its new strategy. We look forward to seeing more detail about these new initiatives, to make sure the strategy delivers on its promise."

"We're pleased to see that improved data gathering and detailed analyses of this cohort will form a central part of this work, said Summer Foundation CEO, Dr Di Winkler.

"We also welcome the government's decision to implement a joint agency approach. Too many younger people end up in aged care because they fall through cracks between the health and disability systems. Bringing all the relevant agencies together is the only way we can stop this from continuing to happen. State health systems are key to this work and we look forward to being partners in this new strategy."

Youngcare CEO, Anthony Ryan, said that developing a database of new and existing housing options will support investment in accessible housing.

"Helping investors better understand the needs of these younger people is critical to developing the housing and care options they need, he said.

"The rapid availability of interim housing solutions is also a priority to stop younger people going into aged care.

ACSA CEO, Pat Sparrow also welcomed the announcement but called on the Morrison government to ensure that those younger people also receive the level of support they require while they continue to live in an aged care home.  "There is often a funding disparity that disadvantages those people in aged care.  ACSA believes that regardless of your age or where you reside you should get the level of support required to meet needs and to have a good quality of life."

All organisations agree that funding is needed for individual advocacy to prevent young people going into aged care as well as help them make the transition back to life in the community.

"These are people needing multiple supports from different services and we need new roles that can work closely with each younger person and the service systems they need to make their transition to life in the community a success, said Dr Morkham.

For further comment:

Dr Bronwyn Morkham, 0437 178 078
Dr Di Winkler, 0418 851 203
Anthony Ryan, 0432 586 395
Patricia Sparrow, (via Annette Glenister, 0400 772 722)

2 November 2019

Losing NDIS eligibility and funding

The Alliance is seeing a growing number of NDIS participants lose their eligibility for the NDIS when they enter a nursing home for the first time after they turn 65.

This is because S29 of the NDIS Act revokes NDIS eligibility status for scheme participants in this position.

Losing NDIS eligibility and access to the scheme's funding means that these disabled Australians are forced to rely on an aged care system that was never intended to support them.

Without the NDIS, these former NDIS participants have lost any chance of leaving aged care. They can't

  • Access NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation housing
  • Get NDIS funding. The aged care system doesn't provide as much funding as the NDIS does
  • Obtain customised equipment. State equipment schemes don't provide equipment to nursing home residents and aged care providers don't have to provide customised equipment
  • Access rehabilitation
  • Access the community
  • Obtain transport funding
  • Maintain connections with vital health and other services
  • Leave the nursing home.

The Alliance is making another submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission about this devastating situation and would like to hear from NDIS participants who have found themselves in this position.

Please contact us.



31 October 2019

Joint media release: 

Advocacy organisations welcome Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report

Royal Commission into Aged Care


The Summer Foundation, the Young People In Nursing Homes National Alliance and Youngcare welcome the Aged Care Royal Commission's Interim Report, which was released by the government today.

In its report, the Commission has accepted two important targets relating to younger people living in aged care: allowing only for exceptional circumstances, an end to young Australians entering residential aged care by 2022, and no young Australian living in aged care by 2025. These targets should be adopted by governments immediately.

Alliance Director, Dr Bronwyn Morkham, said that the Commission's acceptance of these targets was critical.

"We cannot risk another policy failure for these younger people. These targets give us a measurable objective by which we can solve this longstanding problem," Dr Morkham said.

"No single government agency can fix this issue by itself. Health, disability and aged care systems must work together to achieve these targets and end the flow of young people into aged care," Dr Morkham said.

"We must make sure that the Royal Commission's work leads to solutions where human rights are upheld and where young people can choose where they live, who they live with, and how they are supported," said Dr Di Winkler, Summer Foundation CEO.

"The funding is there in the NDIS, the will is there in the community, and with a good plan and dedicated focus, the issue can be resolved."

Youngcare CEO Anthony Ryan said the report's recommendations were a positive step towards ensuring young Australians with disability choose how they live their lives.

"Our passion is to give young people the choice that everyone deserves. In coming out so strongly, the Royal Commission gives a guide to what we all need to do to bring this about."

The Interim Report was informed by young people living in aged care giving harrowing evidence to the Royal Commission.

Describing his nursing home room as "Cell 14", Neale Radley spoke of the loneliness and isolation that is his life in aged care, while James Nutt referred to his time in a nursing home as a prison sentence.


For additional comments

Dr Bronwyn Morkham (Young People In Nursing Homes National Alliance) 0437 178 078

Dr Di Winkler (Summer Foundation) 0418 851 203

Anthony Ryan (Youngcare) 0432 586 395



10 October 2019

Important update:

Aged Care Royal Commission accepts Alliance's call for stronger targets

At its recent Melbourne hearings on YPINH, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety accepted the Alliance's call for no more younger Australians to enter nursing homes by the start of 2022; and no younger people to remain in residential aged care by 2025.

Alliance National Director, Dr Bronwyn Morkham explains in the video, below: