Federal Election 2019
The age services sector is seeking to make aged care a major issue in the federal election with the launch today of a campaign highlighting key issues impacting on the delivery of quality care and services for older Australians and offering solutions to make the aged care system better.
Under the slogan ‘I Care For Aged Care’ the campaign says politicians must address:
- the funding emergency in residential aged care, which sees an estimated 43 per cent of facilities currently operating at a loss, with even greater pressure being experienced by facilities operating in rural and remote locations
- the unacceptable impact on older Australians that sees more than 120,000 older Australians waiting, sometimes for more than year, to receive essential care and services in their own homes
The campaign calls for funding relief for residential care providers, as well as legislating maximum waiting times for home care packages. Furthermore, the campaign calls for investment in workforce growth and development, and elevation of the responsible minister to the Cabinet alongside the creation of a comprehensive national ageing well strategy.
Around 1.3 million older Australians receive some form of aged care or support, and the industry employs 366,000 people nationally. LASA has provided election campaign resources for download below, and encourages all Australians to tell candidates at this election, ‘I Care For Aged Care’.