Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, has challenged Australia’s political leaders to commit to making aged care better for all older Australians.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney says with less than 19 days to go before polling day, neither the Coalition nor Labor has made a significant policy announcement on aged care, despite both sides saying they are committed to making the system better.

“Aged care is just as important as health and education. But yet again, it seems our older Australians are being forgotten.”

“In announcing the Royal Commission, the Prime Minister committed to ‘providing older Australians with access to care that protects their dignity and recognises the vital contribution they have made to the nation and our society’.

“Labor welcomed the Royal Commission saying it should not be used as an excuse for neglect on carrying out necessary reforms immediately. The Opposition Leader said Labor would make aged care ‘a central national issue’, but so far in this campaign both parties have been silent.

“Their silence is alarming because we’ve heard nothing about what’s happening for the nearly 130,000 older Australians on the home care waiting list, only silence about the 42 per cent of residential care facilities operating at a loss and nothing about investing in the aged care workforce.

“Older Australians and those that care for them deserve real vision and commitment from the next government of this country and they and their loved ones have a right to know where the parties stand on aged care before they head to the ballot box.”

LASA has already put forward a series of policy solutions and is calling on all Australians to challenge their local MPs and candidates to declare “I Care for Aged Care” in an effort to make all political parties and candidates commit to making the aged care system better.

“We’re also urging aged care providers, their staff, clients and local communities to take part in a national day of action on Tuesday 14 May to let their local candidates know that aged care is an issue of national importance,” Mr Rooney said.

“Making the system better should be a priority for all political parties and candidates.

“We need to ensure that older Australians can access the care they need, and that this care is adequately funded to reflect the actual costs of delivering quality care and services, whilst we also attract, train and develop high performing staff.

“Older Australians need a better aged care system, and older Australians deserve nothing less.”

 Read more about the “I Care for Aged Care” campaign here: https://lasa.asn.au/federal-election-2019/

 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