16 April 2018
Senior Australians in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs have today participated in a lively aged care forum facilitated by Aged Care Minister, Ken Wyatt AM, and Member for Chisholm, Julia Banks MP
“We value these forums immensely,” Minister Wyatt said. “They are a great way to meet local seniors, to hear their stories and their ideas for the future of world-class aged care in Australia.
“This is vital input for the Turnbull Government’s landmark reform agenda, which aims to consistently deliver quality aged care that is accessible, affordable and sustainable.
“Through these conversations we can understand what’s working and what could be improved.”
Minister Wyatt emphasised recent Government moves to bolster confidence in residential aged care, including the introduction of unannounced quality audits of all facilities.
He said continuing to streamline the delivery of aged care in people’s homes was also a top priority.
Ms Banks said the proportion of local seniors was increasing and becoming more diverse.
In the electorate of Chisholm, residents aged 65 and over make up 16 per cent of the population and this is set to grow to more than 25 per cent by 2050.
“Also, we have welcomed a large number of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who contribute so much to the fabric of our local community,” said Ms Banks.
“We are committed to ensuring that all Australians have access to safe, quality and respectful care and that the diversity of race, religion, language, sexuality and gender is reflected in the care options available.
“We must eliminate any barriers that may exist when it comes to accessing aged care services and the Turnbull Government’s Aged Care Diversity Framework released in December is a perfect example of this.”
Three aged care action plans are currently being drafted under the Diversity Framework, to help guarantee equity of access to care.
“We are living longer than ever before and my vision for ageing and our aged care system is unwavering,” Minister Wyatt said.
“I am committed to active ageing, through good health, lifelong learning, participation in society, and security, where choice, flexibility, quality and independence pave the way for everyone’s aged care journey.”
Last financial year, the Chisholm electorate received more than $111 million in annual aged care funding. In the past eight years, Chisholm has received over $92 million in capital funding for aged care facilities. —