Veteran public administrator Kate Carnell and international healthcare quality expert Professor Ron Paterson will examine the national aged care quality regulatory processes.
The snap review was announced last week following the failures at the Makk and McLeay aged care wards at the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service in South Australia (read our story here).
Announcing the panel members on Thursday Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the review is a crucial step in ensuring that the Commonwealth’s aged care regulatory processes continue to protect older Australians.
“The skills and experience of Ms Carnell and Professor Paterson extend across public administration, health and regulatory standards,” Minister Wyatt said.
Ms Carnell, who is a pharmacist by profession, is the current Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. She was previously CEO of beyondblue and a former ACT Chief Minister.
Professor Paterson is an international expert on complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions.
A Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, he is a former deputy director-general of health, health and disability commissioner and Parliamentary Ombudsman.
Minister Wyatt said the review would identify any shortcomings in the national regulatory system that meant that the Commonwealth was not aware of the extent of the problems at Oakden.
Ms Carnell and Professor Paterson are to report to government by 31 August.
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