Building Human Rights into Aged Care Symposium – Introduction
Virtual Symposium – Building Human Rights into Aged Care, 6 November 2020
Welcome and opening remarks:
Ellen Fanning, award-winning journalist
Craig Gear, CEO, Older Persons Advocacy Network
On 6 November 2020, we facilitated a symposium entitled “Building Human Rights into Aged Care”. The symposium was attended by approximately 60 people from the community, advocacy, human rights and aged care sectors and consumer advocate groups. The rights and criteria developed by the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Ageing were noted as a basis for building autonomy, equity and citizenship for older people receiving aged care in Australia. In particular they noted the requirements under Article 12 of the UN Human Rights Framework
The symposium strongly supported the need for a new Aged Care Act which embeds a human rights framework within aged care. The human experience of older people should be the central focal point of the new Aged Care Act. The Older Persons Advocacy Network, and most symposium participants, viewed the current Aged Care Act as focused on the operations of Aged Care Providers and the funding of aged care, and disconnected from the lived experience of older people.