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Aged care funding boost essential to meet current shortfalls

Date published: Monday 17 December 2018

Category(ies): Media release

Baptist Care Australia welcomes today’s announcements of additional funding to meet some of the most urgent shortfalls in the aged care system but serious reform must build a system that’s fit for the future.

“We’re very pleased that older Australians will receive some of the benefits of the Government’s funding announcements today,” said Marcia Balzer, Executive Director of Baptist Care Australia, the peak body for Baptist Care community service organisations.

“They have acknowledged some of the very urgent funding shortfalls in the aged care system by increasing home care packages, and boosting supplements to provide services in rural and regional areas and to homeless older people.

“The extra funding will provide support for older people who might otherwise miss out, and that’s very good news,” Ms Balzer said.

“The aged care system is struggling to meet the demand for services as Australians age, with people experiencing long waits for home care and some services facing challenges with financial viability.

“We know that demand will continue to increase in the next decade. We need serious and well-considered reforms to the system as well as sustainable funding to deliver aged care that’s fit for the future.

“Whichever party wins the next Federal Election, this will be a key responsibility for the new government – we can’t afford to keep delaying the inevitable.”