Senator Polley today called on people from the Longford and surrounding areas to attend an aged care forum, Transitioning into Retirement and Beyond, on Tuesday 8th April at 10am, at the Longford Bowls Club.
“As soon as I was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care it became clear to me that when it comes to providing care and support for older Australians we need to hear from older Australians. To listen to their views about ageing and what assistance, care needs and services they desire. That is why I am hosting a series of aged care forums across Tasmania because I want to hear new ideas from the Tasmanian community,” Senator Polley said.
Longford is the location for the first forum and will provide older Tasmanians living in rural and regional areas an opportunity to voice their views. Consequently, residents from Cressy, Perth, Evandale, Westbury, Deloraine and other surrounding areas are welcome at the forum.
“This forum will be an opportunity for people to have a wide ranging discussion regarding aged care and their community,” Senator Polley said.
“We want to hear from the community about their views on retirement, transitioning into retirement, access and availability to local services, issues concerning dementia, the National Broadband Network and staying active and healthy”, Senator Polley said.
Senator Polley believes that ideas expressed at the forums will contribute to aged care policy in the future and build on the former Labor governments crucial Living Longer Living Better (LLLB) aged care reforms, which outlined the necessary funding regime and structural reforms necessary to ensure older Australians receive the best possible care.
“I look forward to talking with people at the event and hearing some new and exciting ideas”, Senator Polley said.