Aged care chaos

Joint media release with the Hon. Shayne Neumann, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Member for Blair. Australia’s aged care reforms are in chaos, following an eleventh hour back flip from the Abbott Government. Continue reading

Abbott abandons those with dementia

  Joint media release with the Hon. Shayne Neumann, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Member for Blair.     Tony Abbott has abandoned those living with Dementia, including over 25,000 Australians with Younger Onset Dementia. Continue reading

Government cuts will hurt people with younger onset dementia

Alzheimer’s Australia launched their “No Longer a Statistic” campaign this morning highlighting that there are now at least 25,100 people under the age of 65 living with younger onset dementia. Many people think dementia is only a disease of the elderly, but a quarter of a million Australians suffer from younger onset dementia- some only in their 30s and 40s. Continue reading

Who will care for older Australians?

Joint media release with the Hon. Shayne Neumann, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Member for Blair. Older Australians will suffer if the Abbott Government continues to ignore the workforce crisis in aged care.   Continue reading

Still no flight path for Abbott's "Flying Squads"

Joint media release with the Hon. Shayne Neumann, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Member for Blair. The Abbott Government was left red-faced last night after failing to explain the $20.1 million cut to the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund during Budget Estimates. Continue reading

Tony Abbott fuels instability in aged care in Tasmania

There are a lot of nasty cuts to aged care hidden in the 2015-16 Federal Budget and Tony Abbott needs to explain why he is slashing $20 million from dementia initiatives, and $40 million from the aged care workforce fund. Continue reading

More must be done to care for people with dementia

Labor has welcomed the announcement of Severe Behaviour Response Teams to assist older people living with dementia as a first step, but warns the measure is too little and too late. Shadow Minister for Ageing Shayne Neumann said the Abbott Government’s response is inadequate and long overdue. “The Abbott Government has finally responded to the dementia care crisis it created after eight months of calls for action from the Labor Opposition and the aged care sector,” said Mr Neumann. Continue reading

Abbotts cuts threatens UTAS in Northern Tasmania

The future of tertiary education in Launceston and Burnie is in jeopardy if the Liberals continues to pursue cuts of over $30 million a year to the University of Tasmania.   Despite being rejected twice by the Senate and overwhelmingly by the Australian people the government continues to pursue their agenda of $100,000 degrees, and a massive cut to the University of Tasmania. Continue reading

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten - National crisis summit on family violence

The Hon. Bill Shorten: Today, I have written to the to the Prime Minister seeking his bipartisan support to hold a national crisis summit on family violence.   Labor has also called on the Prime Minister to support a number of interim measures to ensure women and their children affected by family violence are getting the support they need. Continue reading

Dementia Care receives a cruel blow

The forthcoming closure of ten beds in the Jasmine Unit at the Roy Fagan Centre represents a huge blow to dementia care for Tasmanians. State Liberal Health Minister Michael Ferguson has cited Abbott Government budget cuts as the reason for the closures. “I call on Michael Ferguson to join me in condemning the Federal Liberal Government for their actions”, Senator Polley stated today. Continue reading