Minister puts aged care on the agenda
THE North Burnett received a visit from the Federal Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt during the week to help address some concerns around this important issue.
With the North Burnett’s population exceeding 10,000 people, around 22% of those people are older than 65 years, prompting the government to consider new care models.
Mr Wyatt said the meeting had been productive as he was able to come out to Mundubbera and visit the aged care facilities.
“I’ve been able to have discussions around some of the challenges and issues they’re facing in caring for older members of the community,” he said.
“The other thing that is important is the commitment and passion to make sure the best possible solution of services is offered.
“It is absolutely critical because what you really have when you have older Australians, you have the people that built this community and their knowledge and wisdom just doesn’t disappear.”
The North Burnett Regional Council proposed the idea that every existing rural hospital that has a private aged care facility operating outside of the town should have an adequate aged care facility.
The lack of available beds, changes in legislation and funding, social inequality, economic inequality and the need for more public transport are issues currently being faced in the region by the council.
The North Burnett Regional Council has until end of May to submit documents for aged care.