The National Aged Care Alliance (the Alliance) has produced a Position Statement for the 2016 Federal Election.
The Alliance is a representative body of peak national organisations in aged care, including consumer groups, providers, unions, and health professionals, working together to determine a more positive future for aged care in Australia.
When the Alliance was formed in April 2000 it was resolved to recommend to their organisations that a united policy agenda be developed to achieve better outcomes for the care of older Australians. Four broad issues were identified as consumer rights, quality of care, workforce planning and short and long term financing of aged care and the vision of the Alliance for aged care in Australia is that “All Australians have access to planned and properly resourced integrated quality aged care services that are flexible, equitable, that recognise diversity and promote choice and respect for users and workers”.
The Position Statement is aimed at “Enhancing the quality of life of older people through better support and care” under the banner of “Australians deserve to agewell – preparing for our future now”. The comprehensive document addresses important issues such as
- providing more appropriate care and support services for people with dementia;
- supporting informal carers;
- reviewing and reforming retirement incomes;
- securing access to affordable assistive technologies, aids and equipment;
- preventing elder abuse;
- improving access to appropriate housing for older people, including age friendly infrastructure and urban design.
The Alliance invites all Australians to support the Position Statement for the 2016 Federal election and to keep up to date with election activities by signing up to their site.