The Governor-General was handed the report of the aged care royal commission on Friday. It will be made public in the coming week.
Overlaying its considerations has been Australia’s 909 deaths from COVID-19, more than two-thirds of them (685) people in aged care facilities.
It has to be recognised that COVID accounts for an extremely small share of deaths in Australia, and even deaths of senior citizens. 127,082 Australians aged 70 and over died in 2019. To date 851 in that age group have died of COVID.
Some good might come from these sad deaths if they prompted us to think about where we are likely to die.