A reform and funding campaign launched today involving hundreds of aged care providers is set to increase pressure on the Federal Government in the wake of the looming interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and in the lead up to the December mid-year economic review (MYEFO).

Addressing more than 1,200 people – including up to 600 age services providers – in Adelaide today, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) CEO Sean Rooney said the Working While We Wait campaign would focus on Government MPs and Senators across the nation.

“We need urgent action right now to avert the risk of service failures, job losses and missed care – with our total focus on the best outcomes for older Australians,” Mr Rooney said.

“LASA and the age services sector are backing the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety 100 per cent but critical issues of support for our workforce, funding and reform must be addressed to broadly sustain quality care over the next year.”

Working While We Wait will see intensive social media calls for action and coordinated, direct approaches from providers and communities to local Members and Senators at the grassroots level.

The campaign highlights the importance of seven reforms currently underway – from the new residential aged care funding model, to implementing the Aged Care Workforce Strategy – plus a further 16 reforms to address urgent issues.

The 16 priorities span: Residential and home care; workforce; ageing well; interface between aged and health care sectors.

“The proposed actions can be implemented quickly, with many of them likely to support and enable recommendations expected to be made by the Royal Commission,” Mr Rooney said.

“Already the Royal Commission has warned the aged care system is under serious threat, with the latest financial research showing record numbers of providers operating at a loss.

“The campaign will ramp up the pressure because we need Coalition MPs to be well informed and pushing for the Government to fund interim reform solutions during the next sitting of Parliament.

“The sector stands ready to work with the Government, noting we all want a safe, high quality and high performing aged care system. Older Australians need it and deserve nothing less.”

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.

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, 56% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 36% are for-profit providers and 8% 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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Contact:        David O’Sullivan Ph 0427 138 024 davido@lasa.asn.au

Nick Way Ph 0419 835 449 nickw@lasa.asn.au