ESSA’s involvement in the Royal Commission into aged care

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The Royal Commission will primarily look at the quality of care provided in residential and home aged care to senior Australians. It will also include young Australians with disabilities living in residential aged care settings.

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) will participate in the Royal Commission by providing evidence that supports the case for exercise in benefiting the health and independence of older Australians.

“ESSA will be advising the Royal Commission that access to lifestyle services, such as exercise and diet, should be part of a standard model of care for older people living in the community and in aged care facilities,” says Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer.   

“Whilst we expect the Royal Commission to uncover more cases of abuse and failures within the aged care system, we want to highlight the gaps in access to exercise and paint a picture of what high quality care looks like and how exercise is integral to that care.

The Royal Commission will allow ESSA to provide direction on the investment needed to deliver evidenced-based exercise programs, educate aged care staff on the value of exercise, and enhance the health literacy of consumers.”

recent study (our Muscling Up Against Disability) by University of Queensland and Bond University researchers highlighted that progressive resistance and balance training for older Australians can improve leg strength and overall physical performance, and reduce risk of muscle wastage and frailty.

This study and others have confirmed that regular exercise reduces falls, and the risk of falls, in older people which leads to a significant cause of hospitalisation, disability and ultimately admission to a residential aged care facility.

“Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists are the key to providing safe and evidenced-based exercise programs to help older Australians prevent and manage their chronic health problems; improve and prolong their physical function, independence and quality of life; and reduce their cognitive decline,” explains Anita.

Period16 Sep 2018

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  • TitleESSA's involvement in the Royal commission to aged care
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletExercise and Sport Science Australia
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date16/09/18
    DescriptionThe Royal Commission will primarily look at the quality of care provided in residential and home aged care to senior Australians. It will also include young Australians with disabilities living in residential aged care settings. Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) will participate in the Royal Commission by providing evidence that supports the case for exercise in benefiting the health and independence of older Australians. “ESSA will be advising the Royal Commission that access to lifestyle services, such as exercise and diet, should be part of a standard model of care for older people living in the community and in aged care facilities,” says Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer. “Whilst we expect the Royal Commission to uncover more cases of abuse and failures within the aged care system, we want to highlight the gaps in access to exercise and paint a picture of what high quality care looks like and how exercise is integral to that care. The Royal Commission will allow ESSA to provide direction on the investment needed to deliver evidenced-based exercise programs, educate aged care staff on the value of exercise, and enhance the health literacy of consumers.” A recent study by University of Queensland and Bond University researchers highlighted that progressive resistance and balance training for older Australians can improve leg strength and overall physical performance, and reduce risk of muscle wastage and frailty. This study and others have confirmed that regular exercise reduces falls, and the risk of falls, in older people which leads to a significant cause of hospitalisation, disability and ultimately admission to a residential aged care facility. “Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists are the key to providing safe and evidenced-based exercise programs to help older Australians prevent and manage their chronic health problems; improve and prolong their physical function, independence and quality of life; and reduce their cognitive decline,” explains Anita.
    PersonsJustin Keogh