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Aged care welcomes down payment on future system change

Release date: 16 Dec 2020

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) says the latest $1 billion increase in federal funds expected to be announced in MYEFO is a welcome downpayment on what is required for system change.

“It’s fantastic that the Prime Minister and the Commonwealth see the health and wellbeing of older Australians as an ‘absolute priority’ and we hope to see more substantial measures announced immediately following the Royal Commission final report,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

Most older people want to remain living in their own home with support and this announcement means that another 10,000 of them will be able to do so.

“The sector will need more workers to deliver the packages and we’ll do all that we can to attract and support the skilled and qualified staff that will be needed,” Ms Sparrow said.

“Making older Australians an ‘absolute priority’ will require big picture reform.

“To set up the aged care system for the next few decades we need a total system rethink and a commitment to an aged care system that meets the needs of older people.

“The Royal Commission, reporting in February, provides a significant opportunity for a reset of aged care so that it meets our growing expectations for how older Australians live and are supported in the twenty-first century.

“We will always welcome more support, but we need more than the drip-feed that’s kept our services to older people on life support even prior to the pandemic.”

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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