Ending discrimination will help improve aged care

Release date: 21 Feb 2019

The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) says efforts to end age discrimination will help improve the quality and flexibility of aged care available as our population ages.

Attending today’s cross party event for the EveryAGE Counts campaign in Parliament House, ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow says recognising older Australians for their contribution to society, the workforce and to families will have flow on benefits for the type of care they receive when they do need it.

“Ending age discrimination will open the door to a brighter future for improving the quality and flexibility of aged care in Australia,” Ms Sparrow said.

“Our ageing population is not just a problem to throw a lot of money at. The false idea that we cannot enjoy age and that we cease to contribute after retirement has an impact on quality of care available in Australia.

“We need an individual and flexible approach to care that keeps people in the home if they want to be and addresses their specific needs.

“The Royal Commission is a fantastic opportunity to have a conversation about how we value older Australians.

“Ageing is sometimes seen as a putting out to pasture, as economists and politicians daily bemoan the burden of our ageing population as if it were some kind of natural disaster.

“In truth, our ageing population is the result of extraordinary medical advances over the past century, advances which allow us to live better, healthier lives.

“The aged care industry is joining with consumer and other advocates to call on politicians and the wider community to sign the pledge against ageism at everyagecounts.org.au/take_the_pledge”

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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