One issue that I am passionate about is the quality of aged care in Australia. I think that every older Australian deserves the opportunity to live their lives as fully as possible and to have the choices available to them so that they can personalise the care they receive.
So I was particularly pleased that this week the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Senator Jacinta Collins announced that historic reforms to aged care have finally taken effect (from August 1).
Senator Collins, announced this development at an aged care home in Melbourne and noted that it marks the implementation of key changes under the Labor Government’s $3.7 billion Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms.
So what are the Living Longer Living Better reforms all about?
It is an aged care reform package which is designed to create a flexible and seamless system that provides older Australians with more choice, control and easier access to a full range of services, where they want it and when they need it. It also positions Australia to meet the social and economic challenges of the nation’s ageing population.
I would encourage everyone to check out the website to learn more:http://www.livinglongerlivingbetter.gov.au/
Minister Collins summed it up best when she said that the Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to build a new aged care system with the capacity to provide quality, affordable, accessible and appropriate care to our rapidly ageing population.
We are the ones with a positive plan to ensure the best possible care for older Australians, to substantially increase aged care places and to build a stronger aged care system.
It is certainly something to be proud of.
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