Leading Age Services Australia, the voice of aged care, has welcomed calls from doctors and nurses for urgent reforms to the aged care system.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said it was pleasing that the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Nurses and Midwifery Federation supported LASA’s calls for urgent action on funding for the sector and to provide more home care packages to reduce the unacceptable wait for many older Australians to access care at home.

“It is not good enough that 119,524 elderly Australians are waiting for a home care package at their approved level.

“Just last week LASA renewed its call on the Government to develop a sustainable funding strategy for home care that considers all the available public and private funding levers and to legislate maximum wait times of no more than three months for home care services.”

He said the sector agreed with the need for more adequately skilled and remunerated staff, but that mandated staff ratios did not necessarily offer the best way to realise this outcome.

“LASA has been saying that the Government must act to address the urgent issues facing the aged care system while the Royal Commission does its important work.

“We cannot delay action on making the aged care system better right now. There are many things that can be done to address the key issues of access to services, funding of services, quality of services and supporting the workforce that delivers these services.

“Our Members are telling us that their ability to consistently deliver high standards of care and service that older Australians expect and deserve are being constrained by continued financial pressure.

“Many organisations are likely to reduce services, reduce staffing and/or reduce investment without funding relief.

“Urgent action is required to avert the increasing risk of service failures, job losses and missed care while the Royal Commission considers longer term reforms.”

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 public 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  E davido@lasa.asn.au