First witnesses prepare to give evidence to Aged Care Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into the Aged Care sector will hear from multiple witnesses as it begins taking evidence today.

Hearings will begin in Adelaide, following the failures of the Oakden Nursing Home – which ignited the Royal Commission.

First off the rank will be the whistle blower herself – Barbara Spriggs, who’s husband was allegedly mistreated at the home before he passed away.


Her son Clive is also expected to give evidence about how his father may have been over medicated at the facility.

The Commission will then hear from a series of advocacy and medical groups.

Over the coming months, the inquiry is set to hear confronting stories of neglect and abuse.

While the hearings begin in Adelaide today, more will follow in other states.

The commission will also carefully examine systematic practices which have been criticised as under resourced by advocacy groups.

Yesterday, the Federal Government announced more funding for the Aged Care sector, totally $662 million.

The money is expected to go towards a range of services in the industry, essentially allowing seniors to stay in their homes for longer.

The announcement has already been attacked by Labor as ‘too little, too late’.

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