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Aged care commission 'split' isn't over the need for a total overhaul

Release date: 01 Mar 2021

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) says it is disappointing some Royal Commission recommendations were not unanimous but is by no means an excuse to delay major aged care reform. 

"There is no split on the need for a total overhaul that means providers are resourced to employ more staff and deliver more care and support. This cannot be used as an excuse to not progress major reforms. We know what the big problems are - we now need the big solutions,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“There is a lot of work that the industry can get on with in order to deliver better aged care to Australia, but without increased support from government and community we won’t see the kind of system older people deserve.”

“The government has announced $452.2m as a starting point for reform. We welcome this but the most important thing now is a complete overhaul.

"We need an overhaul, not just more top-ups,  in order to guarantee respect for older Australians for future generations,” Ms Sparrow said.

 

Media contact: Jane Garcia 0455 111 593

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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