Cri­sis in el­derly care

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

In De­cem­ber, the Cairns Post story ‘‘Cri­sis in Aged Care for El­derly’’ struck a chord of un­de­ni­able truth. No longer can the state govern­ment say this cri­sis is not their con­cern or prob­lem, when hos­pi­tal beds are filled with aged and un­happy clients wait­ing for a place­ment some­where. Space that is the right of a client need­ing surgery or af­ter surgery care. It is in­deed their prob­lem and a very big one. While the fed­eral govern­ment, through the Depart­ment of Health and Age­ing, is re­spon­si­ble for aged care na­tion­ally, com­mu­ni­ties need the state govern­ment to sup­port EV­ERY or­gan­i­sa­tion as­so­ci­ated with aged care. We need to lobby for bet­ter sup­port for trained staff, for bet­ter pay, less red tape and of course more fa­cil­i­ties to house these age­ing clients. This bat­tle be­longs to ev­ery­one. We in Moss­man have been bang­ing our heads on the prover­bial brick wall of bu­reau­cracy for 16 years try­ing to get a small aged care fa­cil­ity in the heart of our town. So ded­i­cated is this com­mu­nity to sup­port­ing this project that Dou­glas Coun­cil bought land for this very pur­pose10 years ago. We hear of am­bu­lances be­ing ramped at the hos­pi­tal, of fa­cil­i­ties clos­ing aged care beds, of the dif­fi­culty in re­tain­ing trained and re­li­able staff. These prob­lems are not go­ing away but will in­crease as we are an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, some cel­e­brat­ing their 100th birth­day. Premier New­man’s idea of re­lo­ca­tion of im­mi­grants to the ru­ral ar­eas will in­crease the need for suit­able aged care fa­cil­i­ties. This needs to be ad­dressed NOW, not in ten years time. Why should a par­ent or part­ner or a young dis­abled have to be housed in fa­cil­i­ties hours and kilo­me­ters away from fam­ily. Why are their needs less than those in the city con­fines. Some of these peo­ple have been the back­bone of their com­mu­nity all their lives. Lobby ev­ery po­lit­i­can you know. Jan McLu­cas, Warren Entsch, David Kemp­ton, Gavin King an­dother politi­cians. Make it an is­sue on their agenda be­fore it be­comes YOUR is­sue and a dif­fi­cult and ag­o­nis­ing one to live with at that. it. Let’s hope the new DSC will stop this van­dal­ism. Also the de­graded creeks and wa­ter­ways need to be cleaned up, not dug out ev­ery year and cleared of ev­ery tree. Let’s try and save what lit­tle fring­ing reef we have left. Also the deep gully at Craiglie that runs hor­i­zon­tal to the road and scours out ev­ery year and runs into the creek next to the old seafood shop also needs to be reveg­e­tated.

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