Bendigo Health will be part of the movement to improve aged care standards in Australia, the chair of the hospital's board says.
It comes as the Aged Care Royal Commission released its interim report on Thursday. The report described Australia's aged care system as a shocking tale of neglect that needs a complete overhaul.
"At the moment, they've identified a whole lot of systemic issues," Bendigo Health board chair Bob Cameron said.
"When we see the subsequent report, it will then bury down to the next level and whatever that level is, Bendigo Health wants to make sure that can get there as quickly as possible.
"The Aged Care Royal Commission is about driving change and bringing about more improvements for the future and Bendigo Health wants to be part of that.
"We want to make sure we have good facilities and a good services for older people in the many years ahead. We've been in the aged care business for 140 years and we intend to be in it for a long time."
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said the state government would be waiting for the findings of the commission.
"Obviously this is a royal commission that has been handed down to the federal government," Ms Allan said.
"There is no doubt the power of work that needs to be done. Here in Victoria, there are a number of state-operated aged care facilities."
It came as Mr Cameron, Ms Allan, Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and Bendigo Health chief executive Peter Faulkner turned the first sod of the new Golden Oaks Nursing Home wing.
The facility in Golden Square will have 15 new beds, which will enable most residents move from a double room to a single room.
The project is due to be completed at the end of 2020.
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