The age services sector will be targeting Northern Territory candidates in the upcoming Federal election campaign in an effort to make aged care a decisive issue in the Top End.
Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, and regional partner Prime Super, will be hosting a Regional Industry Forum in Darwin next week that will bring industry leaders and providers together to discuss a range of issues affecting the aged care sector in the Northern Territory.
The forum, which is the first for LASA in the Territory, will include a masterclass on the Age Care Quality Standards which come into effect on 1 July.
LASA CEO Sean Rooney said aged care in the Northern Territory was facing the same issues being felt elsewhere around the country, with many residential care providers operating at a loss, especially in regional and remote locations, and growing numbers of Territorians waiting unreasonable times to secure the level of support they need in their own homes.
“Around 400 people in the Northern Territory are currently on the home care wait list.
“We want to ensure that older Australians can access the care they need, when they need it, and that this care is adequately funded to reflect the actual costs of delivering high quality care and services, and that our sector is supported to attract and train a high performing and compassionate workforce.
“Aged care is an issue of national importance and making the system better should be a priority for all political parties and candidates.
“Older Australians need a better aged care system, and older Australians deserve nothing less,” Mr Rooney added.
LASA’s Regional Industry Forum will be held at the Pearl Supported Care Facility on 9 April.
Read more about LASA’s Federal Election campaign, “I Care for Aged Care”, here: https://lasa.asn.au/federal-election-2019/
About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)
LASA is the national peak body representing and supporting providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living. Our purpose is to enable a high performing, respected, and sustainable age services industry delivering accessible, affordable, quality care and services for older Australians.
We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 57% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 33% are for-profit providers and 10% are government providers.
Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.
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