Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Liberty Victoria

Liberty Victoria is profoundly concerned that some aged care providers may conflate the notion of medical incapacity with legal capacity and this denies many vulnerable residents their right to participate in, and determine, his or her own legal affairs. In some circumstances this denial can also have significant consequences for the individual’s wellbeing.

Liberty Victoria is also profoundly concerned that some aged care providers routinely deny residents from linguistically diverse backgrounds the use of appropriate translation and interpreting services. This greatly inhibits the ability of those individuals to accessing urgent and critical basic services, as well as enjoy day-to-day life with dignity.

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