New report is timely as Royal Commission hearing into home care starts next week

Release date: 14 Mar 2019

The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) welcomes the release of the latest data report of Australians accessing home care packages in Australia as a continued effort towards transparency in the sector’s funding.

 “The industry is aware that there has been long waiting periods for Australians accessing home care packages, as stated this morning by Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Hon. Julie Collins,” said ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow.

“We recognise that even one Australian waiting to receive aged care support is one too many, and the waitlist of 128,000 people only further highlights the need for the wider public to start engaging in an honest conversation,” Ms Sparrow said.

“By December 2018, there were 96 additional home care providers, an 11.9% increase compared to December in the previous year. We are hopeful that this will only increase further, reducing the number of Australians on waiting lists.”

“This is something that will definitely be discussed during the Royal Commission as the hearing into home care is due to start next Monday 18 March.”

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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