Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Historic Aged Care Reform Passed

UnitingCare Australia has hailed today’s successful passage of the Living Longer Living Better package of aged care reform bills through Parliament as an historic moment for older Australians.

Speaking immediately after the bills were passed, UnitingCare Australia National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds, gave credit to all parliamentarians who recognised that Australia’s aged care system was broken and resolved to reform it.

“The passage of this legislation is a significant achievement. We commend Minister Mark Butler who worked closely with older Australians and the aged care sector to deliver a very solid reform package,” she said.

Ms Hatfield Dodds said the reforms had been the result of consultation dating back to the release of the Productivity Commission’s Report Caring for Older Australians in 2011.

“Today Australia has made a significant step in implementing key recommendations of that report, ” she said “Today’s reform package was strengthened by the work of the Senate Committee, and in particular the work of Senator Rachel Siewert.”

“Australia’s growing ageing population is engaged and informed. Regardless of frailty or disability, they expect to have access to the services that allow them to maintain their health, their autonomy and their dignity.

“It makes good social and economic sense to invest in the wellbeing of older people so they can remain healthy, active members of their communities.”

“The passage of this legislation today is an important measure of progress towards this goal,” Ms Hatfield Dodds concluded.