Senate Condemns Turnbull Government for Home Care Crisis as Waitlist Blows Out

THE HON JULIE COLLINS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH
MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

 

SENATOR HELEN POLLEY

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER TO THE LEADER (TASMANIA)

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR AGEING

SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

The Senate has passed a Labor motion condemning the Turnbull Government for the growing waitlist for access to home care packages.

The release of the latest data on the Turnbull Government’s home care packages revealed close to 105,000 vulnerable older Australians are waiting for care.

This waiting list includes close to 82,000 older Australians waiting with high needs, many with dementia.

Earlier this month Senate Estimates confirmed the average wait time for level three and four home care packages, the highest levels of care, is over ‘12 months’.

The situation has reached a breaking point and is no longer tolerable for frail older people or their families.

The Turnbull Government is failing the critical task of caring for older Australians.

It must listen to the Senate’s condemnation.

The Government’s home care package changes, as part of the Living Longer Living Better reforms, were meant to put older Australians at the centre of their care, meaning they could make decisions based on their needs rather than being told what they need.

With wait times blowing out and with more older Australians joining the queue every day, it is clear the Government needs to act now.                                  

Labor has repeatedly called on the Turnbull Government to fix this crisis as a matter of urgency.

If the Turnbull Government can afford a $65 billion tax cut for big business they can afford to look after older Australians waiting for a home care package.

 

TUESDAY, 20 MARCH 2018

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra