Wednesday, 11 August 2010 00:00

Vote 1 - Aged Care

The Campaign for Care of Older Australians (CCOA) said today’s aged care debate was a milestone for the future of the sector and older Australians.

CCOA Chair Greg Mundy said it was the first and only opportunity in the election campaign for the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, Senator Concetta FierravantiWells and Senator Rachel Siewert to debate their respective positions on aged care.
“Australians need to be reassured that the next government will immediately address current problems facing aged care services and commit to fundamental reform following the release of the Productivity Commission Inquiry recommendations early next year,” Mr Mundy said.
“The Intergenerational Report predicts that older Australians will represent a quarter of our population by 2050 and Alzheimer’s Australia released a report last week that forecast the prevalence of dementia will increase four fold over the next 40 years, with 1 million people requiring care and support.
“Voters supporting reforms in aged care have sent 26,000 letters to politicians, including the Prime Minister, via our website,
“CCOA’s online survey of more than 1,000 people confirmed that people of all ages were more concerned about the future of aged care ahead of education, employment and the environment.
"Other recent reports and previous independent inquiries and research have all pointed to the urgent need to reform the funding, including capital investment, and regulatory structure of aged care.
“Australia needs an aged care system which supports well being and good health for older people; one which offers choice and access to services when they are needed in a familiar environment.
“Without a commitment to real reforms and plans for a system to deliver housing and quality services well into the future, all of us will be the losers.”

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