LASA CEO Sean Rooney will host a landmark State of the Industry presentation, providing insight into Australia’s age services sector through updates on key trends, drivers and issues impacting providers of age services.

The presentation will also consider the impacts of COVID-19 and critical issues regarding future policy, regulation and funding

The national webinar – open to all age services – will assist executives and directors with planning and strategy as it examines fundamental trends around finance, workforce, quality, access to services and sector reputation.

“The State of the Industry briefing will seek to understand where the industry is now and where we are headed,” Mr Rooney said.

“Every death from coronavirus is tragic but there is no doubt our nation’s aged care providers and their tireless staff have saved lives, despite at times facing limited resources.

“This dedicated work continues but the costs have been considerable, in a system that was already under great pressure.

“There remains significant funding stress on residential providers and home care providers are wrestling with growing levels of unspent funds, while there are more than 100,000 people assessed as requiring care in their homes, who cannot access it at their level of need

“If we are to effectively address these issues we need to be even more accountable and more collaborative in supporting age services and in realising a better aged care system for older Australians.”

Mr Rooney said the critical Royal Commission was now exploring solutions and this represented a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get the system right.

“While all of this is going on, we need to continue supporting workers and providers to deliver the best possible care they can, notwithstanding the current constraints and pressures, including protecting older Australians from COVID19,” he said.

“Older Australians and the passionate people who care for them are at the forefront of this fight, meaning age services and the entire community must remain vigilant.

“Beyond these considerations, there needs to be a re-set of the linkages between age services and the Federal Government in order to respond to the fundamental concerns around aged care policy and sustainability.

“Without resolving these issues, we are going to see a repeat of the current set of problems the sector is facing.”

The State of the Industry webinar will be broadcast live on 24 June at 12.30-2pm AEST.

You can register here.

Contact: Nick Way 0419 835 449 nickw@lasa.asn.au