Stability is needed
AT a time of increasing demand for residential aged-care services, the Turnbull Government is stripping $1.8 billion of funding from the aged care budget.
These budget cuts unfairly target services to the frailest older Australians, suffering from chronic pain, degenerative disease, severe arthritis and complex wounds.
Across Australia, providers who employ health professionals under current funding arrangements are now finding it difficult to maintain their staffing levels into the future, given the impending cuts to funding.
As such, these unacceptable funding cuts are jeopardising the delivery of high-quality aged care.
The planned cuts come at a time when the Government is reviewing both the impact of aged-care sector reforms, and the tool that is currently used in residential aged-care facilities to allocate funding aligned to the specific care needs of each resident.
These reviews will no doubt herald significant changes for aged-care funding.
So it does not make sense to start making ad hoc changes to aged care funding mechanisms now while these reviews are under way.
Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, actively opposes the implementation of these recent funding cuts and the justifications to cut more than $3 billion from aged care funding over the last three years.
The industry is crying out for policy and funding stability.
LASA urges the Government to put a stop to aged care cuts and work with the sector to develop a sustainable funding strategy.
Together, we can create a sustainable aged services industry delivering affordable, accessible, quality care and services for older Australians. Sean Rooney, Chief executive, Leading Age Services Australia.