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19 May 2016

ACSA FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN “OLD, FRAIL AND INVISIBLE”

ACSA FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN “OLD, FRAIL AND INVISIBLE”

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is standing up for older people in its election campaign – “Old, frail and invisible”.  The campaign will highlight the significant issues impacting on those older people that their members serve, their workforce and industry sustainability.

“We need to stand up together, educate the community and influence the political agenda. Our residents and clients deserve better and together we can make sure that despite being old and frail – they are not invisible,” ACSA President Paul Sadler said.

“There is significant and growing concern about the impact of the 2016/17 Budget cuts arising from changes around the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).  These will directly impact on older people in our residential care facilities that need specialised and complex care and support,” Mr Sadler said.

“These changes to ACFI have not been implemented in the spirit of consultation, and the modelling of the impacts we have seen so far has caused considerable distress in our sector as we seek to provide the appropriate service, care and support to our current and future residents.”

For the campaign, which will be rolled out over coming weeks, will be demanding a response from politicians to three key issues of focus:

  1. The impact of the recent budget cuts on vulnerable older people in residential care – there should be no cuts until a genuine consultative review of ACFI is undertaken including provision of evidence to support changes.
  2. The need to provide a Transition Fund for home care to  assist providers to deal with looming significant reform, improve system implementation and ensure services are available and accessible to older people.
  3. The finalisation of a National Aged Services Workforce Strategy and funds for the development of local programs.

Media contact:

Paul Sadler, ACSA President, 0418 208 232

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