Try telling a young person still in aged care It's 'enough' Minister

Release date: 14 Nov 2019

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services (ACSA) says it’s not good enough that the Minister for the NDIS is still arguing that the government’s action plan on getting young people out of aged care is “enough”.

 

“The Minister cannot seriously look a young person in the eye and say that what the Government is doing is ‘enough’,” Patricia Sparrow CEO of ACSA said.

“The ink has barely dried on the Royal Commission’s interim report and the government is already refusing to accept its analysis that the current action plan can not be relied on as a solution.

“The Commission sought immediate action on providing key workers and providing proper support to those younger people who are living in aged care amongst other strategies to better support younger people.

“The Minister should be using his speech today to announce more ambitious action – not just sticking with the plan the Royal Commission has already highlighted as inadequate.

“The government’s plan announced in March is a step in the right direction, but the Royal Commission has made it clear that much more ambitious targets are needed,” Ms Sparrow said.

ACSA is calling for the government to reconsider its response to the interim report in line with the position of the Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance and other key disability organisations. See joint statement HERE.

MEDIA CONTACT: PETER STAHEL 0408 584 439

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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