Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner appointed

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Andrea Kelly has been appointed as the Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner.

Ms Kelly is a proud Warumungu and Larrakia woman, with strong family connections throughout the Northern Territory.

She has enjoyed a 30 plus year career engaging with First Nations communities and developing public policy for First Nations populations.

As interim First Nations Aged Care ­­­­Commissioner, she will help ensure culturally safe, tailored and flexible aged care services for First Nations people, including by:

  • leading public consultation with First Nations stakeholders and communities about the design and functions of the permanent Commissioner
  • contributing to improvements for First Nations people across the aged care system
  • advocating and promoting culturally safe aged care for First Nations people across Australia.

Improving aged care for older First Nations peoples is a priority for the Australian Government.

Ms Kelly’s appointment is a first step in addressing Recommendation 49 of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which recommended a statutory First Nations Aged Care Commissioner to ensure culturally safe, tailored and flexible aged care services for First Nations people.

Find out more about aged care support for First Nations Peoples.


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