Leading Age Services Australia, the voice of aged care, has today welcomed the Australian Greens recognition of aged care as a national priority with its announcement of an $8 billion commitment to the sector.
CEO Sean Rooney says the commitment is a clear indication of the signficant levels of Federal Government investment required by the sector to deliver the quality care and services older Australians deserve and to meet the expectations of the community.
“The Greens are pledging 50,000 extra home care packages over three years at a cost of close to $5.5 billion to improve the aged care sector which aligns closely with LASA’s call for urgent attention to the home care queue, including legislated minimum wait times.
“LASA is similarly committed to workforce development as a top priority, including improvements to pay and conditions, along with training and career development.
“However, as recognised by the Greens announcement, this requires providers to be significantly better resourced.”
Mr Rooney said Greens aged care spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert has been a strong advocate for older Australians and the aged care sector.
“We may disagree on some of the details, but the key point is that we agree on the need for a better resourced system to be able to deliver more hours of care, and to be able to fund better paid and more highly trained staff.”
Mr Rooney said he looked forward to hearing further detail about the Greens plans when Senator Siewert joined him for an industry leaders breakfast in Perth tomorrow.
Last week LASA launched its own federal election 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’.
To better meet the needs of older Australians and to create an aged care system that supports ageing, LASA says we need to:
ensure that older Australians can access the care they need, when they need it
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 develop a high performing and compassionate workforce.
Furthermore, the LASA campaign calls for the elevation of the responsible minister to the Cabinet, alongside the creation of a comprehensive national ageing well strategy.
LASA’s ‘I Care For Aged Care’ election campaign booklet is available here.
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.