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First day of hearings for Royal Commission into aged care wraps in Adelaide

The first day of hearings for the Royal Commission into aged care has wrapped up in Adelaide.

A woman who blew the whistle on abuse of patients at an Adelaide nursing home, was among the first to give evidence.

Barbara Spriggs’ husband was suffering from dementia when he was admitted to the notorious Oakden facility before his death in 2016.

She’s calling for greater accountability in the sector, including wider use of CCTV cameras in nursing homes.

National Seniors Chief Executive Professor John McCallum tells Ross Greenwood it’s important these stories are heard:

“At the end of this, we have to have an aged care system that works better.”

He says “better training, more home care and dealing with the long waiting list” are among his priorities.

Mr McCallum also says it’s key to “think harder about the consumer experience”.

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview 

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