Wednesday, 18 August 2010 00:00

From the outside looking in - A report card on Aged Care election promises

From the outside I could look like a dear old soul who is ‘doddering around’ because I have nothing else to do and no-where else to go but inside I may be suffering.


My suffering may not be from some debilitating pain but due to the confusion that has overtaken me by memory loss, changes in personality, loss of ability to perform tasks that I used to take for granted and a growing apathy and withdrawal from polite society.

I have dementia and I will continue to have dementia and my hope is that enough people around me will acknowledge that my condition is common and requires some understanding and that they will have the compassion and wisdom to assist me live my life as full and as normal as is possible under these circumstances.

A grand fan at

Saturday's election result is unlikely to generate urgently needed assistance for older Australians and the organisations and individuals who provide aged care services, the Campaign for Care of Older Australians (CCOA) said today.

CCOA Chair Greg Mundy said overall the ALP and Coalition aged care policies did not measure up to CCOA’s Grand Plan for caring for older Australians.

“They have acknowledged some of the challenges in meeting the needs of older Australians without committing to policies that will fix aged care services to deliver what older people need and expect. At best they have proposed more trials, timelimited funding measures and deferred major decisions,” he said.

“The Greens’ policy demonstrates a sound understanding of the issues and reforms needed in aged care and their influence in the Senate will be vital.

“However, the winner of Saturday’s election will determine the direction for aged care in the short and long term.

“We need the right plan, The Grand Plan, and action now for more than a million older people who depend on aged care services today, their families and friends and more than 300,000 dedicated aged care workers. We need a grand plan in place for the next generation of older Australians.”

A detailed report card is attached.

The Grand Plan policy and more Grand Fan comments are available at

CCOA comprises the peak bodies and national service providers of residential and community based aged care services.

Media contact: Chris Hornsey 0419 513 432

Aged & Community Services Australia, Aged Care Association Australia, Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Health Australia, Churches of Christ Living Care, Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Homes, Lutheran Aged Care Australia, The Salvation Army Aged Care
Plus, The National Presbyterian Aged Care Network, UnitingCare Australia