Living longer living better in Cowan

Federal Minister for Ageing Mark Butler joined Senator Louise Pratt today at the Kingsway Football & Sporting Club to discuss the Government’s aged care reforms with the local community.

Mr Butler said Labor’s Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package provided a comprehensive 10-year plan to reshape aged care and was the biggest investment in the sector in a generation.

“We’re replacing an aged care system designed a quarter of a century ago which is now ill-equipped to meet the needs of retiring baby boomers and their parents who are living longer and healthier lives,” Mr Butler said.

“Over 4000 older people told me during community consultations that they wanted more choice and control over the way their services were delivered.

“People want services that respond to their individual needs so we are re-orienting the system on a consumer-directed model.”

Senator Pratt said in the future older Australians will lead longer, healthier and more prosperous lives than previous generations with the reforms providing a strong focus on helping people to stay in their own home.

“People want to be able to live in their own home and get the support services they need to continue living comfortably in the surroundings and community they know.

Key aspects of the aged care reform package include:

  • Increase residential aged care places from 191,522 to 221,103.
  • Funding to improve the aged care workforce through a Workforce Compact.
  • More funding for dementia care in the aged care network, and more support for services.
  • A single gateway to all aged care services, to make them easier to access and navigate

Information on the Living Longer Living Better package can be found at www.agedcareaustralia.gov.au.

Media contacts: Karen Palmer 0427 339 594 Pratt Office 0417 175 220