I believe that aged care policy is proceeding in the wrong direction and that wide public discussion into what needs to be done is urgently needed. I want to get people debating and critically examining aged care.  I am initiating this by setting out these ideas. I wants others to criticise them and pull them to bits so exposing any flaws so that we can work towards something we all want and which will work.  We want people from all sectors of society to come up with their assessment of why things are failing and their ideas about how we can do better.

The initiating proposal to start the debate is the creation of community controlled aged care hubs in each locality.  The proposed 'hubs' would collect data on aged care performance, control and monitor aged care locally.  Instead of handling complaints and oversight itself, the Government would mentor and support the local 'hubs' to do this by working through them.  The hubs would develop the knowledge and the power needed to act as proxy customer for consumers and, in doing so, empower and supporti them. 

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