Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, has congratulated Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the Coalition’s election win and says aged care must be a priority for this Government.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney says the Prime Minister has said that he wants to build a culture of respect for older Australians.  LASA asserts that this must start with strong leadership from Mr Morrison.

“If the Prime Minister is serious about this commitment to older Australians he must now elevate the responsible Minister into Cabinet.

“The priorities for the Minister are:

  • fixing the funding emergency in residential care and commit to ensuring funding meets the growing costs of delivering high quality care
  • fixing the unacceptable impact on older Australians by legislating maximum wait times of no more than three months for home care services
  • investing in workforce growth and development
  • developing a comprehensive national ageing well strategy.

“Reform of the aged care system must focus on the fundamentals that will make the aged care system better.

“While the important work of the Royal Commission continues, we must get on with the job of making the system better right now.

“Our sector stands ready to work with the Morrison Government to deliver a world class aged care system.

“Only a truly collaborative approach, where all players are respected and engaged, will deliver the outcomes older Australians need and deserve,” Sean Rooney said.

 

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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Media Contact: David O’Sullivan Ph 0427 138 024  E davido@lasa.asn.au