Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing at ‘A Conversation on Ageing’ held at CQ Bid Leagues Club.
Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing at ‘A Conversation on Ageing’ held at CQ Bid Leagues Club. Allan Reinikka Rokaaging

Focus on care of the aged

FOR Rockhampton's Cecelia Cannavan, social justice has been a passion for 20 years.

And aged care is something that's currently at the forefront of her agenda as an advocate for Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy Inc. for CQ.

She was able to express her thoughts on the issue of ageing with Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler at a question-and-answer seminar yesterday along with around 70 other people.

Mr Butler said there would be a re-assessment of the previous report on the needs and support for the elderly, their families and those in the industry.

"The productivity commission has produced a comprehensive report to come up with a strategy for aged care that will see us into the next 20 to 25 years," he said.

The minister covered different ways the aged care processes would improve, including: payment of aged care bed bonds to be reduced from a lump sum up front to smaller instalments, better support and accessible information for the elderly and their families and more.

Questions raised included concerns about the standard of aged care facilities, aged care workers, and the option of living in their own home.

 

AGEING DISCUSSION

Older Australians deserve:

Quality care and support.

Greater choice and control over their care arrangements.

Sustainable funding.

Share your thoughts - Amy Haydock on 49304253



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