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Home care waitlist shrinks at the margins and governments continue to tinker

Release date: 29 Mar 2021

The latest data on home aged care package waitlists is only a tiny step in the right direction despite an unprecedented investment boost announced in October 2020.

Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) says the small reduction was further evidence of the need for a total funding overhaul of the system instead of endless ‘top ups’ that do nothing to set up the system for the future.

“We need big picture reforms, with the Royal Commission making significant recommendations on reform for care at home, that reimagine the way we care for older people and support our critical workforce, not further announcements that just prop up the existing system that is on its knees,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“We know the need for home care is growing faster than ever before and that older people want to age at home. To make this possible and to relieve pressure on the residential system we need an overhaul not tinkering at the edges.

“The waitlist has reduced by less than 3%* and almost a hundred thousand Australians are still waiting for care they need and deserve.

“The latest data is better but not worth celebrating when you consider the scale of the task ahead to ensure older people get the care they need and deserve,” Ms Sparrow said.
 
Media contact: Zerene Catacutan 0422 815 248

*The number of people waiting for a home care package at their approved level at 31 December 2020 was 96,859 (down by 2,409 from 99,268 at 30 September 2020).

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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