CCOA on front foot as election countdown begins

The coalition of industry bodies and charitable providers has urged all political parties to commit to aged care reform.

Aged care groups are urging all political parties to commit to aged care reform, as Australia prepares to go to the polls on 21 August.

The Campaign for Care of Older Australians (CCOA) launched a campaign encouraging all Australians to celebrate the ‘grand’ older people in their lives.

The coalition of industry bodies and charitable providers hopes the public support for older people will put pressure on politicians to reform aged care.

“The Grand Plan proposes immediate and longer term strategies to reform how, when and where aged care services are delivered to meet current and future demand,” CCOA said in a statement.

“While we have welcomed the Productivity Commission inquiry into aged care and supported earlier recommendations from other significant reviews, we need to be confident that the elected government will introduce real reforms.”

CCOA said prime minister, Julia Gillard would need to consider the needs of older people if she was serious about “moving forward”.

“We call on all candidates, all parties, to commit to reforming aged care as a matter of urgency for the older people who don’t have the luxury of time, for the older people who will come after them, our families, our friends, all Australians,” the coalitions said.

The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) also called on political leaders to consider the needs of disadvantaged Australians, calling for policies aimed at equity and fairness in the upcoming election campaign.

Click here to find out more about CCOA’s election campaign.

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