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The government has launched a four-year national plan to combat elder abuse through action in five priority areas including research, education, prevention and the strengthening of support services and safeguards.
The new peak body to support the national coordination and advocacy of issues relating to the prevention of elder abuse has been formally launched to coincide with today’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
New protections for seniors and ensuring nationally consistent laws to respond to elder abuse are among the key goals of a new national plan being developed by federal and state governments.
An independent authority with broad ranging powers will be created next year to oversee the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme, the government announced in Tuesday’s budget.
The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments have finalised a bilateral agreement for the delivery of a locally-run National Disability Insurance Scheme in WA, to commence from July.
Providers and peak bodies respond to Wednesday’s surprise announcement from Sussan Ley that she has been appointed Minister for Aged Care.
Aged care is set to move department again – for the second time in two years. While Christian Porter becomes shortest serving minister responsible for the sector, of just over a week.
PROFILE: Since successfully contesting the seat of Pearce at the last election, Christian Porter has moved swiftly through the government’s ranks, but his rise isn’t a surprise to those familiar with his political resume or his family history.
The appointment of a new minister responsible for aged care comes as the sector eyes the next stage of reforms and awaits the release of several key governmental reviews.
Sector welcomes new minister Christian Porter but says the momentum on reforms cannot be lost and key measures are required to provide certainty for providers and consumers.