Aged care funding has domino effect

MORE than 15,000 charters signed by community and aged care workers calling for more funding in the industry were handed to Richmond MP and Ageing Minister Justine Elliot in Tweed Heads on Friday.

Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) federal secretary Ged Kearney said thousands of concerned people had signed their Charter for Quality Aged Care.

“There is a huge groundswell of support behind the ANF's campaign to boost funding for aged care in the federal budget,” Ms Kearney said.

The charters, part of the Because We Care campaign, is aimed at raising awareness and recognition of Australia's aged care nursing and care workforce.

The charters were handed over during a presentation at Amaroo Aged Care Facility.

“The prime minister has committed to major reform of our health system to fix the systemic problems and deal with the ageing population.”

“Residential and community aged care must be at the top of the list for reform.

“If you fix aged care you will go a long way to fixing public hospitals by preventing admissions of older Australians and by allowing safer, early discharge to nursing homes that have the qualified staff to care for them.”

Ms Kearney said the issue will worsen with the nation's ageing population.

“By 2020 the number of residents is projected to reach more than 250,000,” she said.

“The high-care proportion of residential aged care is going to need to almost triple in the next 25 years to keep up with demand.”

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