ACSA looks to MYEFO to address vital need for aged care support

Release date: 14 Dec 2018

Monday’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) is an opportunity for the Government to take action for those older Australians who need support in areas of urgent need in home and residential aged care, particularly for those who deliver services in rural and remote areas or who care for the homeless or high numbers of supported residents.

“Older Australians need to be assured that their needs are being met when it comes to the provision of aged care regardless of whether that’s in their home, or in a residential aged care facility,” said ACSA CEO, Pat Sparrow. “There remains a large group of older Australians whose needs are quite simply not being met by the current aged care system. The government must act now so providers have the stability and security to be able to deliver the services that people need, and the community expects.”

“ACSA has consistently made politicians aware of the stark financial realities of residential aged care providers, and the urgency of a funding uplift for all, including a targeted injection for those providing services in RRR areas, those who care for the homeless, and providers with a high number of supported residents,” said Ms. Sparrow.

Home care is another area of acute need and more must be done to address the unacceptably long wait times Older Australians have to get the home care they require, Ms. Sparrow said.

“There continues to be unacceptably long wait times for people to access the home care they require,” Ms. Sparrow said. “Having over 120,000 people waiting to be approved for home care at their level is unacceptable when individuals and their families need timely help. We have consistently sought more provision for in-demand Level 3 and 4 Packages and we hope next week brings new measures to reduce the number of Older Australians without the adequate level of home care support for their needs.”

“The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers hopes to see the Government commit to older Australians and quality aged care with new fiscal measures that acknowledge the importance of maintaining sustainable aged care services in rural and remote areas, as well as caring for the homeless, and the provisioning of home care for unmet needs.”

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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