By Joshua Mcdonald
August 29, 2020
Australia’s aged care sector was failing long before the pandemic arrived. A royal commission into the treatment of the elderly in aged care facilities last year found that “the aged care system fails to meet the needs of older, vulnerable, citizens. It does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too many instances, it neglects them.”
COVID-19 has simply created an environment in which the mistreatment of elderly Australians has reached an all-time-low. In Victoria, the Australian state hardest hit by the pandemic so far, one in four aged care facilities in the state’s capital, Melbourne, are currently dealing with an outbreak of the virus.
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