ACSA backs rights-based approach to aged care

Release date: 19 Mar 2019

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) the peak body for not for profit aged care providers welcomes the Australian Greens’ new rights-based approach to aged care policy. In particular ACSA welcomes measures to deal with inherent ageism. As part of this there needs to be a focus on the need for individual freedom, dignity of risk and the right to choice for older Australians.

The Policy contains a range of policy initiatives that would go some way to addressing the issues confronting aged care service delivery.

Patricia Sparrow, ACSA CEO, says “we welcome the Greens commitment to 50,000 more home care packages over three years. It is equally important that we ensure an older person who needs support doesn’t have to wait longer than three months to get the care they need to help them to stay living independently at home”.

“The aged care workforce needs to triple by 2050 and ensuring that we have enough right fit staff to deliver quality care is critical. The nature of care and support provided by aged care means that staff need to have time to build a relationship with the residents. For that we need a blend of clinical staff as well as care, hospitality, activity and other staff integral to the individuals experience in aged care. The Greens policy includes a proposed $3 billon in additional funding for staffing to increase the hours of care and provide a 15% pay increase for workers and ACSA welcomes that commitment. 

ACSA agrees with the need to act on the inappropriate use of chemical and physical restraint. Action needs to go beyond reporting and be a part of a broader solution that supports the important and necessary partnership between the GPs who prescribe, the pharmacists and aged care providers. This could include progressively rolling out evidence-based best practice including outcomes from projects like RedUSE.

“ACSA welcomes the Greens announcement and commitment to get Australia’s aged care system right as part of the important national conversation currently occurring about the kind of aged care we want to provide and how it can be sustainably funded int o the future for the growing number of older Australians. We look forward to having discussions with the Greens on the detail of their policy proposals.

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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