Rest-home audits can be viewed by public

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2013

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Public access to rest-home audits will be available from today, with the introduction of a new website.

Part of the Ministry of Health website, the new site included general information such as certification details and the number of beds in the more than 650 aged care providers nationwide, Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew said.

The move has come after a string of public complaints this year about the care in rest homes.

Where available, previous and current rest home audit summaries would be made available on the site along with details of corrective recommendations and the facility's progress, Mrs Goodhew said.

"This new enhanced website will, over time, provide a much clearer picture of how rest homes operate and the care provided to residents."

The full audits will also be made available on the ministry's site from today as part of a six-month trial to boost the transparency of aged care provider appraisals.

"Nearly 90 recently completed full audit reports are now online. Further full audits will be added as rest homes undergo their certification audits, with around 250 audits expected to be online by the end of the trial," she said.

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