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Fixing the interface between aged care and health systems is a problem worth more than pocket change

Release date: 09 Oct 2020

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has welcomed a $20 million investment in programs to improve the interface between the aged care and health systems but says with an ageing population, fixing the issue will require more than ad hoc programs.

“The WA Government is moving to address a serious problem in aged care, which is that older people struggle to get fair access to the health system,” ACSA CEO, Patricia Sparrow said.

“Unfortunately, what is required is more than ad hoc measures. 

“Fixing the interface between aged care and health systems is a problem worth more than pocket change.

“Health care should not be rationed to older people, but unfortunately that’s the reality of the system right now.

“These are very useful initiatives, but the system needs a reboot not tinkering,” Ms Sparrow said.

 

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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