Anglicare Australia has released open letters to the Federal Government and Opposition today seeking commitments for quality, affordable aged care.
Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers said older Australians deserve to know what the next government proposes to do to improve aged care.
“The quality of the care we provide is a reflection of how we value older people. That’s why we sent these open letters to the Government and Opposition earlier in the campaign,” Ms Chambers said.
“We’re calling on the Federal Government and Opposition to commit to quality, affordable aged care for all older Australians.
“We need funding for home care to stop tens of thousands of Australians from languishing on waiting lists. We need a sustainable funding model that guarantees quality aged care for everybody who needs it. And we need action to deliver on the aged care workforce strategy.
“We are pleased that the Opposition has now responded with a statement on aged care. After months of advocacy from the aged care sector, we are seeing Labor acknowledge the issues that the sector is facing – but we still need a commitment to take concrete actions and commit funding.
“And the Government has not made any announcements on aged care, less than one week before election day.
“We have heard a lot in this campaign about franking credits and tax cuts. But the best thing we could do for older people is make sure that everyone can get quality care they need, when they need it, where they need it. Making that a reality should be a priority for every party,” Ms Chambers said.
Anglicare Australia’s open letters have called on the next government to:
- Urgently increase funding for home care
- Introduce a sustainable funding model for aged care
- Commit to funding the aged care workforce strategy
- Ensure everyone in residential aged care has access to health services.
UPDATE: The Opposition has now issued a response to our open letter. Their response can be downloaded below.