New aged care beds are a welcome boost

Release date: 05 Mar 2019

The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of 13,500 new residential aged care places and $60million in capital works as a welcome boost for essential aged care needed by older Australians.

“It’s great to see a renewed focus on disadvantaged communities, such as Indigenous and LGBTI Australians, and regional Australia in today’s announcement. It is important to recognise that equal access to aged care is not a given with many in the community struggling to find the care they need,” said ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow.

“Our commitment is to work closely with the government and communities to ensure the new places are delivered at the highest possible standard.

“The thousands of new places and capital investment is welcome and needed, but a funding model rethink will be necessary to ensure sustainability into the next decade and beyond.

 “Increasing the number of places reflects the growing number of older Australians who need access to aged care services and that is important. What this funding announcement doesn’t do is to resolve the underlying issue of the adequacy of funding for each resident with increased complexity of individuals needs and direct care costs outstripping current funding.

“The Royal Commission is proving to be very important in allowing the kind of whole of community discussion we need to examine all of the complex challenges and opportunities facing our ageing population.”

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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