Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA), the new peak body representing aged care providers, has congratulated Mark Butler, who will assume the Cabinet role of Minister for Health & Aged Care, Anika Wells on her appointment as Minister for Aged Care, and Ged Kearney on her appointment as Assistant Minister for Health & Aged Care.
The Association is calling on the incoming Ministers and Federal government to deliver on the promise of political change by nominating aged care reform as a priority for the first 100 days of government.
ACCPA Interim CEO Paul Sadler said, “The aged and community care sector welcomes Mark, Anika and Ged to the portfolio and, with aged care a key focus of Labor’s election campaign, we look forward to working collaboratively on sector reform.
“Mark Butler is well known to the aged care sector from his previous role leading the Living Longer Living Better reforms in the Gillard Government. We will be looking to Mark to drive positive reforms across health and aged care.
“Anika Wells has been vocal in Parliament about the crisis in aged care and worked towards holding the previous government accountable for implementing the Aged Care Royal Commission recommendations. She strengthened this advocacy during the pandemic, highlighting issues around access to PPE and the safety and wellbeing of aged care residents.
“Anika has stated previously that her mother worked for 20 years in aged care, and that she also worked in casual roles across two aged care homes. We look forward to seeing how she uses her knowledge and connection to the centre in her role.
“We also extend our congratulations to Clare O’Neil in her appointment as the Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security. Clare was a strong advocate for the aged care sector and older Australians as the Shadow Minister for Aged Care, and her leadership in this role assisted in bringing prominence to aged care as an election issue.
“We look forward to working with the new Minister to ensure older Australians get the care they deserve, workers are better paid and respected and there is immediate action on much-needed sector reforms, as outlined by the Royal Commission.
“The care economy was at the heart of the Labor pitch for the election and it should be top of its agenda in government. We’d also like to see the aged care portfolio be a dedicated role elevated to a Cabinet level. The election has helped focus attention on the need for ambitious action for older Australians and for greater respect and better pay for aged care workers.
“We look forward to working in partnership with the new Minister for Aged Care and the whole of government on the transformation needed to deliver better support and care for all older Australians,” he said.
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