There is little outright political backing for a bill introduced into the Senate to mandate minimum staff-to-resident ratios in aged care, although there is broad support to address the workforce issues it highlights.
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Aged care provider peak bodies and consumer representatives welcome government adjustments to aged care funding changes but say the saga highlights the urgency of developing a new funding model.
More than half of permanent aged care residents show signs of depression, according to new figures.
Australian Greens Senate candidate Cate Faehrmann has announced the party’s commitment to put voluntary assisted suicide on the political agenda in Canberra. National Seniors Australia, PCA, Alzheimer’s Australia and the ANMF also launch their campaigns.
Several areas need further examination, refinement and reconsideration – including the issues around payment options for residential care – but the important factor is that the reform process has begun, writes Senator Rachel Siewert.
Want to see the top three aged care politicians discuss issues that concern you? Then get to the upcoming National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (PAC) at Parliament House, as it’s set to feature a special political ‘positive ageing’ panel.
AAA spoke to various aged care reform campaigners on the Agewell ‘day of action’ in Canberra earlier this week. Find out what it felt like to be there and how they thought the day went.
The Australian Greens has urged the sector to keep pressuring the federal government for reform because, in the current political and economic climate, anything is possible.
The government could save itself millions of dollars if it implements a new nationwide dental scheme as promised, a recently released report states.
BREAKING NEWS: The Australian Greens has jumped on the Alzheimer’s Australia support bandwagon, raising the question of dementia funding in parliament this afternoon. [SOUND FILE]
The opposition and the Australian Greens have their say on the level of aged care funding in the federal budget…and they are not happy!
The federal government has retreated on its former decision to cut back the National Rental Affordability Scheme to help fund flood recovery.
Providers have called upon the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, to urgently announce the allocation of aged care bed licences and community care packages.