Aged Care providers welcome more in-depth discussion at Royal Commission

Release date: 13 Sep 2019

Aged care peak Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) says the extension of the Royal Commission is welcome in order to prepare Australia for our ageing population.

 

“Aged care providers want more and broader discussion on big picture solutions. Its very important to hear when and how things have gone wrong but we also need specific discussions and recommendations about how government, providers and the community can work together to better plan and provide for our ageing population” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“Strengthening and improving aged care in Australia will require more than just new rules. Absolutely critical will be new funding solutions and large-scale community education about ageing and aged care.

 “This extension to the Royal Commission is necessary to ensure these broader discussions occur. We exist to provide the very best quality of care to older Australians and want to contribute to ensuring the system can do just that.  We want to take a constructive path forward.

“There is good reason to feel optimistic about what can be achieved through the Royal Commission, but until we see adequate planning for the structural and funding issues, Australia won’t be able to fully address the needs of older Australians – let alone the future challenges of our ageing population,” Ms Sparrow said.

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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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