Baby boomers quiz aged care minister

Above: Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler talked about the Government’s aged care reform package. Below: Resident Roland Gee said it was a complex area.
Above: Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler talked about the Government’s aged care reform package. Below: Resident Roland Gee said it was a complex area.

Mr Butler went into detail about changes and answered questions from the audience at the Kingsway Football and Sporting Club.

‘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,’ he said.

He said people wanted more control over the way in which services were delivered.

It is proposed the reforms, which include creating more residential aged care places and better training workers in the sector, will be implemented over 10 years.

Greenwood resident Roland Gee was keen to find out what the changes would mean for him.

‘It’s a very complex area, but one area I think we should look at is self-employed people,’ he said.

‘People working for wages have their superannuation taken out automatically, but self-employed people don’t.’