A SERIES of community meetings will be held in the Central West next week as part of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
The meetings will run in Mudgee and Dubbo to give people the opportunity to find out more and have their say.
The commission said while no public transport has been organised to help people attend these meetings, people from across the region are urged to come along.
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"These meetings will give the public the chance to discuss the strengths, challenges and opportunities to improve aged care in regional areas," a commission spokeswoman said.
"The royal commission wants to hear from a range of people who've had an experience with aged care, be it good, bad or indifferent.
"Come along and find out more about what the commission is about, what we're investigating and why we want people to make submissions."
The spokeswoman said the public, aged care workers, providers and also those who once worked in the industry but are now retired are urged to give input at the community meetings.
Mudgee community meetings
The meetings will be held at Club Mudgee at 99 Mortimer Street and they will focus on a number of key areas.
Monday, September 16:
- 4pm to 5.30pm - for service providers
- 6pm to 6.50pm - for consumers, family and informal carers
Tuesday, September 17:
- 9am, 10am, 11am and 12 midday - all of theses sessions are for consumers, family and informal carers. Tuesday's meetings will run on the hour for 50 minutes.
Dubbo community meetings
Location: Milestone Hotel, 195 Macquarie Street, Dubbo
- Monday, September 16: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm
- Tuesday, September 17: 9am, 10am, 11am and 12noon
- Wednesday, September 18: 9am, 10am and 11am
All Dubbo meetings will run on the hour for 50 minutes.
Royal commission's only Central West hearing
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Mudgee hearing will run November 4-6 and it will be the only hearing in regional NSW.
Ahead of the hearing, a series of community meetings will be held in Mudgee and Dubbo this month to provide more information and encourage people to make a submission.
Earlier this year Calare MP Andrew Gee warned that people should be prepared to hear more shocking and appalling cases of neglect and mistreatment.
A Central West aged care nurse told Australian Community Media that she had been the victim of inappropriate touching and assault by residents.
Meanwhile, Parkes aged care resident Valda Gosper praised her treatment to the Parkes Champion Post and said: "I often wonder if I'm treated any better than the queen".
If you can't attend
For anyone unable to attend the community meetings or the Mudgee hearing, submissions to the commission can be made online, by mail or by phone. Visit the submission page or call 1800 960 711 to find out more.
So far more than 6000 submissions have been received by the commission so far, with a further 3716 people calling the commission's information line.
The commission will continue to accept submissions until at least the end of September 2019.
An interim report of the commission's findings is due out in October, with the final report to be delivered in late April, 2020.
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