LASA’s upcoming SA Regional Industry Forum has received media coverage in the Aged Care Guide, recognising the Yorke Peninsula as having one of the oldest age profiles of any region in Australia.

Population projections show that the 65-84 and 85+ age groups in the Yorke and Lower North statistical division will increase significantly from 2011-2041 by 32 per cent and 71 per cent respectively.

LASA State Manager for SA Rosetta Rosa said it is vital that planning is carried out now to ensure the right policy settings are in place to best deliver services to older Australians living on the Yorke Peninsula.

“This includes retirement villages, residential aged care, home and community care, and other infrastructure to meet future needs,” Ms Rosa said.

“If our governments and communities are not making adequate investments into aged care, then we are going to end up with a lot more people occupying hospital beds because they have nowhere else to go.”

Ms Rosa said we know providers operating in regional areas face extra challenges in their operations.

“The impacts of greater geographical isolation affect a number of areas, including: workforce costs to engage and retain staff; access to allied health professionals; limited internet coverage in some areas and limited catchment areas resulting in smaller scale facilities and services.”

These are among the key issues to be discussed at an Aged Care Industry Forum in Ardrossan on 1 December presented by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and Prime Super.

One of the key presenters will be Dr Chris Moy, Vice President of Australian Medical Association (AMA) South Australia, who will be presenting a session on end of life care and digital health.

Dr Moy said Yorke Peninsula’s growing and ageing population together with increasing rates of chronic disease in the community will drive greater demand for end of life and palliative care services.

“Good end of life care has such an important role to play in helping older Australians living on the Peninsula to live well, maintain hope and stay connected with their families and loved ones at this stage of their lives.”

Other topics to be addressed at the Aged Care Industry Forum include; digital health, strategies for hospital avoidance, workforce and management issues.

Ms Rosa said these regional forums are designed to provide a deeper insight into the changes happening in the sector for rural and regional providers.

Please click here to view a Forum program or contact Ms Rosa on 08 7070 2568 or rosettar@lasa.asn.au for further information.