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Massive $1.6b on homecare a drop in the bucket for aged care fix

Release date: 06 Oct 2020

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has welcomed a massive investment for home aged care packages in the federal budget but says it is only a drop in the bucket of what is required to set up the sector for the next decade.

“Measures that allow us to hire young people are good but we need more permanent measures given aged care has to triple our workforce by 2050,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

 

“The home care injection is unprecedented and welcome. This is good bang for the buck, however, there will still be thousands of people waiting for the right level of support or any support at all.

 

“This budget also includes some other small and useful initiatives but the system needs a reboot not tinkering.

 

“The kind of financing and budget reform that is necessary to set up Australia for our ageing population means a total rethink - not just a series of announcements that prop up the current system.  

 

“The Royal Commission will report in February next year and we will need to get serious reform and investment as a result if we are to make sure that older Australians can age with dignity in a rights-based service system,” 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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