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Royal commission to focus on the young in aged care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety starts again this week in Melbourne and will focus on how younger Australians fare in the aged care system.

Testimony will be heard from a number of people under the age of 65 who have had experience of residential care and the impact this has had on them and their families.

James Nutt, aged 35, entered an aged care facility at 22 and will tell the commission how it affected his mental health and the difficulties he had trying to leave to take up independent living.

Jess Dodds will talk about her husband, Tony, who died in aged care aged 63 due to terminal cancer. She wished she had more choice when selecting palliative care for Tony and will comment on the level of care he received whilst in aged care.

The commission will also hear from advocacy groups, accident insurers, and representatives of the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Australian Government Departments of Health and Social Services. These Commonwealth agencies have responsibility for younger people who are in aged care.

Other testimonies will cover the problems those living with disability face with the aged care system. Peak disability advocacy bodies Young People in Nursing Homes Alliance, Summer Foundation and Youngcare will also appear.

The hearing will run from Monday 9 September 2019 to Wednesday 11 September and on Friday 13 September.

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