New initiatives to stop younger people going into aged care by 2022

Release date: 27 Nov 2019

Organisations supporting young people living in nursing homes have welcomed the Morrison
government’s commitment to work to the targets endorsed by the Aged Care Royal Commission that
will see no younger person enter residential aged care by 2022 and no one under 65 years in aged care
by 2025.

“This is an important step forward and we applaud the government for its commitment to these new
targets, said YPINH Alliance head, Dr Bronwyn Morkham. “The targets reflect the urgency of this
problem – and they are certainly achievable – but it’s essential that we start now.

“We’re ready to work with the government to develop and implement its new strategy. We look
forward to seeing more detail about these new initiatives, to make sure the strategy delivers on its
promise.”

“We’re pleased to see that improved data gathering and detailed analyses of this cohort will form a
central part of this work, said Summer Foundation CEO, Dr Di Winkler.

“We also welcome the government’s decision to implement a joint agency approach. Too many younger
people end up in aged care because they fall through cracks between the health and disability systems.
Bringing all the relevant agencies together is the only way we can stop this from continuing to happen.
State health systems are key to this work and we look forward to being partners in this new strategy.”

Youngcare CEO, Anthony Ryan, said that developing a database of new and existing housing options will
support investment in accessible housing.

“Helping investors better understand the needs of these younger people is critical to developing the
housing and care options they need, he said.

“The rapid availability of interim housing solutions is also a priority to stop younger people going into
aged care.

ACSA CEO, Pat Sparrow also welcomed the announcement but called on the Morrison government to
ensure that those younger people also receive the level of support they require while they continue to
live in an aged care home. “There is often a funding disparity that disadvantages those people in aged
care. ACSA believes that regardless of your age or where you reside you should get the level of support
required to meet needs and to have a good quality of life.”

All organisations agree that funding is needed for individual advocacy to prevent young people going
into aged care as well as help them make the transition back to life in the community.

“These are people needing multiple supports from different services and we need new roles that can
work closely with each younger person and the service systems they need to make their transition to life
in the community a success, said Dr Morkham.

For further comment:
Dr Bronwyn Morkham, 0437 178 078
Dr Di Winkler, 0418 851 203
Patricia Sparrow, (via Annette Glenister, 0400 772 722)
Anthony Ryan, 0432 586 395

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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