Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:08

UnitingCare Australia Welcomes the Appointment of Head of Review of Aged Care Reforms

The Chair of the UnitingCare Aged Care Network, Steve Teulan, today welcomed the appointment of David Tune to lead the Aged Care Legislated Review. 

“Our Network welcomes the fact that the Government has moved promptly to appoint a person of Mr Tune’s calibre to lead this very important Review.

“Mr Tune brings a depth of experience to the role, with a background in key Government economic and policy departments and as Independent Chair of the Aged Care Sector Committee.

“While the Review is a legislated commitment, it takes on far greater significance at this time given the substantial reforms to aged care that are still ongoing and the widely acknowledged need for a sustainable funding model,” said Mr Teulan.

Mr Teulan said the UnitingCare Aged Care Network looks forward to working with Mr Tune and the Government, to ensure that the aged care system is able to meet current and future demands and the objectives set out in the Living Longer, Living Better reforms, which received bipartisan support, and the current Aged Care Road Map.

“The UnitingCare Network has expressed strong concern about the impact of the $2 billion in funding cuts to aged care, and we remain concerned that they risk jeopardising the health of vulnerable, frail, older people.

“Like all in the sector, we seek longer term certainty, both in policy and in funding. “This Review, with transparent engagement with the sector, consumers, staff and stakeholders, is a critical step in the pathway to delivering an aged care system that meets the needs of all consumers, and actually improves their wellbeing later in life,” said Mr Teulan.

The UnitingCare Aged Care Network represents one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit providers of aged care. The Network operates more than 200 residential aged care facilities across Australia with more than 15,000 aged care beds. The Network also delivers care and support to older people in their homes.

The Network is part of the broader UnitingCare network of social and community services which operate across more than 1500 sites and support more than 2 million people each year.

Contact: Communications and Public Affairs Manager, UnitingCare Australia, Gerard Delaney p: 0413 274 176