ACSA congratulates Morrison Government and commits to work together to respond to needs of ageing na

Release date: 20 May 2019

The aged care peak body Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) has congratulated the re-elected Morrison government and committed to a close working relationship in order to respond appropriately to the findings of the Royal Commission and the significant challenges and opportunities presented by our ageing nation.

Patricia Sparrow, CEO of ACSA has said, “Congratulations to Prime Minister Morrison on his re-election. The non-profit aged care sector will continue to have a close working relationship with the Morrison government, and we are looking forward to what can be achieved in the next parliament.

“While we are disappointed that the Royal Commission was used as an excuse to delay urgent reforms during the campaign – we are also feeling very optimistic about what can be achieved through the big national conversation we are now having about ageing and aged care.

“The incoming Morrison government has a responsibility to relieve the significant pressures on services for older Australians right now. ACSA will deliver an incoming government brief to quickly engage as soon as the incoming Aged Care Minister is confirmed. We won’t be waiting for the Royal Commission to push for action.

“The reality that must be faced both by our sector and the incoming government is that currently, not everyone in Australia is getting the aged care they need. As we live longer as individuals and the population ages more broadly – our health and care needs are more complex and ultimately expensive.

“What we really need is a better plan for our own ageing and for the ageing population. Not for profit aged care providers are not here to complain or make excuses – we will work collaboratively with the Morrison government to come up with new solutions and help Australia plan and deliver a better aged care sector.

“We will do this because we exist to deliver the highest possible quality of care. We want government, providers, older Australians and families to work together to make aged care better.”

 

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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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