The National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) is re-launching its Australians Deserve to Age Well campaign to call on all candidates in the upcoming Federal election to commit to ensuring equity of access to aged care for all older Australians and to growing the aged care workforce.
The overarching theme of the 2019 campaign is Getting aged care right for everyone.
This Federal election NACA is calling on the Government and all candidates to commit the necessary funds and infrastructure so that every single person in aged care feels supported, whether it be older Australians needing care or aged care workers who are delivering the care.
All older people deserve access to the highest quality of care when they need it and where they need it, regardless of who they are, where they live or their circumstances.
The Age Well campaign is calling on the Government and all candidates to commit to equity of access for all older Australians by:
- Increasing funding for home care so that all Australians waiting for care receive it when they are assessed as needing it, and at the right level to match their needs
- Introducing a consistent flexible funding model that supports older Australians to improve their health and wellbeing, regardless of whether care is delivered in a home, community or residential care setting.
- Ensure all vulnerable older Australians (for example those living in rural or remote locations, older Australians with a disability, those where English is a second or subsequent language, Indigenous Australians, people who are homeless/at risk of homelessness and those who may have other diverse life experiences) receive the same access to services and outcomes as other Australians, by providing them with additional support and funds where necessary.
- Simplifying the aged care system so it is easier for consumers to understand, and more help navigating the system for people who need it.
The aged care workforce
In the context of our ageing population, there has never been a more pressing need to invest in a workforce of highly skilled aged care workers who are able to deliver quality care across all of aged care.
The provision of quality aged care is inextricably linked to the design of aged care jobs and the value we place on the people employed within them.
Aged care staff must work in an environment where there is the right number of staff with the right mix of skills and qualifications.
The recent Aged Care Taskforce Report identified that aged care workers are paid significantly less than other similarly qualified workers.
The reality is that without properly investing in an aged care workforce, where trained workers feel supported and valued the quality of aged care across the board will be compromised
In addition, as more people live longer with chronic and complex health conditions, access to health services needs to be improved. Under Medicare, aged care residents should be able to access health services in the same way as anyone living in the community.
The Age Well campaign is calling on the Government and all candidates to commit to building Australia’s aged care workforce by:
- Introducing government policies and funding to ensure more staff and an appropriate skills mix that delivers holistic quality care for older Australians
- Ensuring improved and ongoing training appropriate to the skills that staff need to fulfil their job
- Investing in staff with the right values to retain a quality workforce
- Expanding in-reach health services so that aged care residents have access to health services such as specialist palliative care and mental health services, and allied health, GP and dental health services.
Getting aged care right for everyone
Add your name and call for better care for older people when they need it.