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Aged care funding discussion overdue and welcome

Release date: 25 Jun 2020

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has welcomed an important consultation on the financing of the aged care system started by the Royal Commission.

 

“This is an important acknowledgement that there is no escaping the need to substantially reform and increase funding to deliver the care older Australians need and want,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“A serious conversation about how to fund the aged care system we deserve is overdue and welcome.

“For too long the discussion about aged care has been swept under the carpet. It’s high time we look to the future and have a serious discussion about how we are actually going to fund the system that older Australians need.

“There are many possible financing options we can explore to set the aged care system up for success and the Royal Commission highlights a range of different approaches. 

“It’s time to have a serious community conversation about how to pay for the aged care older Australians deserve and then reform the system so it can be delivered to them now and for the generations to come.”

Media contact: Patrick Molan 0418 173 201

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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