LEADING Age Services Australia (LASA) says the re-appointment of Sussan Ley as Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care will provide continuity for the industry, but a greater level of engagement and co-operation is still needed between Government and providers.
LASA executive officer Sean Rooney welcomed the reappointment of Ms Ley and Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt as the assistant minister to allow stability “for our industry during this period of intense reform”.
“The biggest concern for LASA members remains the extreme funding cuts announced in the May Budget, the first stage of which came into effect on July 1,” he said.
“Appropriate funding and delivery of aged care services is a vital issue in every community.
“In the 2016 Federal Election several candidates and political parties committed to a range of positive aged care policies including action to reverse recent aged care funding cuts.
“We call on Minister Ley to work cooperatively with the industry, the newly elected minor parties, independents and the crossbenchers who have committed to addressing aged care issues.
“This must include an urgent review of ACFI and the $1.8 billion in funding cuts that were announced in the last budget.”
Over the next 12 months the Government must also deliver an independent review of the Living Longer, Living Better reforms which is legislated to occur five years in to the 10-year program.
“There is no doubt the best way to ensure accessible, affordable, quality aged care services for older Australians, that are delivered by viable and sustainable aged care service providers, is through collaboration between Government, relevant peak bodies and providers.”