MIPS researcher provides expert testimony to Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Centre for Medicine Use and Safety’s Janet Sluggett offered expert testimony at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Darwin last Friday.

The Commission has raised questions on how healthcare professionals and aged care providers are caring for older Australians. One of the key areas under scrutiny is medication management and the appropriateness of medication regimens in residential aged care homes.

Dr Sluggett provided two hours of testimony at the Commission on the issues on managing medication regimes at residential aged care facilities. Her testimony covered a broad area of issues including the research being undertaken at CMUS on residential aged care services, medication management and the use of high risk medications.

The Centre for Medicine Use and Safety is partnering with aged care providers to offer solutions in the area of medication management. As an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Dr Sluggett is leading the development of innovative new models of care for recipients of aged care.

Dr Sluggett has received a number of awards for her research, including the 2017 Pharmaceutical Society of Australia SA/NT Pharmacist of the Year Award and the Australian Association of Gerontology SA 2017 Robert Penhall Early Career Research Award. Dr Sluggett received the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT) Certara New Investigator Award in 2018. Dr Sluggett will be presenting on her research at the PSA 19 Conference in Sydney at the end of July.

A Monash University LENS piece on medication management in older people is available here.

The full transcript of Dr Sluggett’s testimony is available here.

Contact: Divya

Phone: 0466910111

Email: divya.krishnan@monash.edu