Your Say

Author: Michael D. Breen

Sometimes what is missing is more important than what is sticking out like a sore thumb. In case you hadn't noticed lately politicians have been out to catch your eye, and your vote. Mostly they do this by offering money for what they consider you want or by offering money for what they are persuaded the nation needs. By the way it's your money they are offering.

Crisis is a word all too often thrown around in relation to the Aged Care Industry. Sadly the frequency with which that word is employed has been blunted and its impact on governments and the community alike is diminished. Descriptions of various crises in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) sink like stones in a pond of Government and communal indifference.

Dear Prime Minister, 

I have an issue with the situation I saw at my aunt's nursing home.  My elderly aunt had been there for a few months before she passed away in September. I found I needed to intercede on her behalf to ensure her wishes were respected as to how she was treated during her stay.

When Jane Seaholme's mother Phyllis moved into a nursing home, it was at her mum's insistence.  Ms Seaholme's mother soon realised that she couldn't stomach the food.   After Jane went public to media about her mum's experience in two nursing homes, she setup a petition to mandate staffing levels and skills. 

This is the speech that Jane presented to the Royal Commission's Community Forum in Maidstone, Victoria, on Friday the 3rd of May.  Jane has also made a detailed submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.