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Aged care poll

Poll shows good aged care policies would win votes this election

A national poll released today shows a majority of Australians believe our country is not well placed to manage the needs of an ageing population and that they, or their relatives, won’t be able to access aged care when they need it.

Almost half said they would vote for a party that promised to improve aged care delivery and funding this election. This rose to 74% more likely to vote for a party when they had a friend or family member receiving aged care.

The poll, conducted by Essential Research, and commissioned by the National Aged Care Alliance, a coalition of 48 aged care organisation, polled over 1000 respondents.

Aged and Community Services Australia President, Paul Sadler said the poll shows the major parties were foolish to ignore aged care this election.

“The Greens are the only major party to have come close to a comprehensive aged care policy during this protracted election campaign,” he said.

“Their policy is not perfect but at least they have recognised that this is an area of concern to voters and have responded accordingly.

“There are over 1.1M Australians receiving some form of aged care service, each of whom has family and friends who are saying they are more likely to vote for a party who speaks up on aged care issues. Other parties are missing out on votes by staying silent on the issue.”

COTA CE Ian Yates said the poll also showed that the closer people got to aged care, the more their concern grew.

“Perhaps unsurprisingly, Australians over the age of 55 were more concerned than other age groups about aged care provision,” Mr Yates said.

“Older people were more likely to think the system was unaffordable (55%), more likely to be concerned they wouldn’t be able to access aged care (69%) and more likely to change their vote based on aged care policies (55%).”

Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation said there were four days left for the major parties to hear older people and make commitments to go the next step in aged care reform.

“We know what needs to be done to ensure older people get the care they need when and where they need it. The Productivity Commission has made recommendations, the sector is united and there is an Aged Care Roadmap that directs the way.”

“There is a great opportunity for the major parties here. It’s unfathomable that they are not acting on it.”


Essential Poll, June 2016, 1,021 respondents.                                                                                                     

  Total agree Total disagree Neither agree nor disagree Don’t know
Australia is well prepared to meet the needs of the ageing population. 18% 52% 23% 6%
Australia’s aged care system is world class. 22% 40% 30% 9%
Australia’s aged care system is affordable. 19% 44% 24% 12%
I am concerned I, or my relatives, won’t be able to get aged care when we need it. 56% 13% 23% 8%
A political party that promised to improve aged care delivery and funding would be more likely to get my vote this election. 42% 11% 40% 7%

 

Have friend or family receiving aged care services Total agree Total disagree Neither agree nor disagree Don’t know
Australia is well prepared to meet the needs of the ageing population. 27% 55% 17% 1%
Australia’s aged care system is world class. 32% 44% 21% 3%
Australia’s aged care system is affordable. 32% 46% 18% 3%
I am concerned I, or my relatives, won’t be able to get aged care when we need it. 73% 12% 14% 2%
A political party that promised to improve aged care delivery and funding would be more likely to get my vote this election. 74% 9% 25% 1%

 

    Total Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Australia is well prepared to meet the needs of the ageing population. Agree 18% 27% 17% 10%
Disagree 52% 34% 54% 71%
Australia’s aged care system is world class. Agree 22% 24% 24% 14%
Disagree 40% 30% 40% 51%
Australia’s aged care system is affordable. Agree 19% 20% 19% 19%
Disagree 44% 31% 48% 55%
I am concerned I, or my relatives, won’t be able to get aged care when we need it. Agree 56% 42% 59% 69%
Disagree 13% 13% 13% 12%
A political party that promised to improve aged care delivery and funding would be more likely to get my vote this election. Agree 42% 34% 39% 55%
Disagree 11% 12% 14% 7%

 

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