UnitingCare Australia and ACSA welcome funding for remote workforce to address disadvantage and keep families closer together
UnitingCare Australia and Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) have welcomed a $2 million boost in funding to support the implementation of regional and remote elements of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy, including the Remote Accord.
The two groups, who will be responsible for implementing the expanded programs, say the welcome boost will ultimately support the aims of addressing disadvantage and allowing older people to age where they have lived their lives.
UnitingCare Australia today welcomes the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
UnitingCare Australia works to support the most vulnerable people living in Australia. This is the time to hear the lived experience of those with a disability and to explore the changes that are needed to promote best practice and transform society.
National Director, Claerwen Little, said: “We are called to consider the fact that people with disability have for too long confronted violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
“This long-awaited Royal Commission is an opportunity for us to work together to create a society that is inclusive, respectful of difference and for everyone to have the life they aspire to.”
We are committed to working with the Royal Commission throughout the process openly and transparently to realise the fundamental rights of people living with disabilities.
It’s not a surplus unless you’ve covered the essentials
UnitingCare Australia believes that a real surplus is what’s left after budgeting for the essentials.
A ‘surplus’ gained at the cost of allowing children to live in poverty, people with disabilities to go without the basic support they need, older Australians to die waiting for home care packages, and homelessness to reach record levels, does not measure up.
All around the world we can see that social cohesion and trust in democratic processes depend on sharing the benefits of growth and promoting a culture of respect.
Inequality in Australia is now at a level that threatens our future health and prosperity.
Government funds provide some relief for the aged care sector
UnitingCare Australia welcomes today’s announcement of an injection of $662 million into residential, home and community aged care. We congratulate the Government for continuing to act on pressing issues in this important community service sector, directing funding at some of the key areas of need.
As a result of today’s announcement 10,000 older Australians will now be relieved that they are able to access services for which they have already been assessed – some as long as 18 months ago. However, the government must continue its efforts in this direction, as more than 100,000 still remain on waitlists for home care packages that meet their care needs.
Royal Commission an opportunity for Australia
Today marks the official start of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Attending today’s directions hearing, UnitingCare Australia welcomes the focus on creating a system of aged care for older Australians that provides quality, compassionate care and a safe environment. It is pleasing that the Commission is providing opportunities to gather opinions of people already in care including those outside the main cities.
Investment in aged care makes sense
UnitingCare welcomes the announcements in the MYEFO which recognise the urgent need for services to support older people in the Australian community.
Poverty, social exclusion and disadvantage are complex and persistent. Child social exclusion means lost opportunity, disengagement and the risk of leading lives of unfulfilled potential.
Today, at the start of Anti-Poverty Week, UnitingCare Australia in partnership with The University of Canberra’s, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, launches a Report which captures the multi-dimensional nature of disadvantage in Australia and its impact.
UnitingCare welcomes new strategy to support the aged care workforce
UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the fourteen Strategic Actions announced today by Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt, as part of A Matter of Care: The Aged Care Workforce Strategy.
The actions, which form part of the broader Strategy, aim to support investment in workforce planning, creation of job pathways and career progression, support for leadership across the industry at all levels and strategies to attract and retain skilled workers into the sector.
UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the introduction of Cathy McGowan’s private member’s bill, seeking to establish a new Social Security Commission that would introduce greater transparency and integrity into the setting of minimum levels for social security payments.
“Ensuring our social safety net provides adequate support for people in need is integral to addressing social inequality and allowing people to live in dignity”, said Claerwen Little, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
“Independent scrutiny of payment levels is well overdue, and it is time that attention is focussed on ensuring that our safety net can adequately provide for those most in need”, said Ms Little.
UnitingCare Australia has previously advocated for the establishment of an independent commission to develop evidence-based benchmarks to ensure that income support payments are adequate for people to live a decent life.