Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has welcomed the first public hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, being held in Adelaide today.
Ms Chapman also announced that she intends to set up a dedicated response unit within the Attorney-General’s Department to ensure that all South Australian government agencies would respond in a timely and appropriate manner.
“A coordinated whole of government approach is critical to support the Royal Commission in its investigations, and it is essential that consistent, accurate and relevant information is provided from all South Australian facilities,” Ms Chapman said.
“I will be establishing a team led by the Attorney General’s department, with support from the Crown Solicitors Office, to manage our state’s overall response to the very important work of the Royal Commission and assist in any way we can.”
“It’s a well-known fact that the former Labor Government absolutely failed residents at the state-run aged care facility, Oakden.
“Unlike the former Government, the Marshall Liberal Government is already progressing key aged care reforms - the establishment of an Adult Safeguarding Unit, an audit of the 45-state run aged care facilities and ensuring victims of Labor’s Oakden failings are appropriately compensated.”
Ms Chapman said she expected the response unit would liaise with all relevant State Government departments, including SA Health, SAPOL, Coroner’s Court, Department of Treasury and Finance, Department for Human Services and the Department for Industry and Skills.
Today’s hearing will be live streamed to the RC website http://webstreaming.lawinorder.com.au/acrc and a transcript will be made available via the website following the hearing.