Following the Federal Government’s announcement of its Living Longer, Living Better reform package, this is a very important time for all older Australians to be actively involved in shaping the aged care system so that it better meets their needs.
COTA Victoria held sixteen conversations about aged care reform, with groups of older people at open meetings in metropolitan, rural and regional communities aroundVictoria. The summary report from these conversations is now available and the issues raised by older people across the state will directly inform COTA’s advocacy to Government about aged care reform.
In the workshops, co-hosted with local community groups such as U3A, Seniors Centres, and Probus Clubs, or with local government, COTA Victoria provided information about the Living Longer, Living Better reform package and about the Productivity Commission’s recommendations. Most importantly, we heard from older Victorians themselves about their experiences of the current aged care system, and their views about what needs to change so that all of us are provided with the choice, quality and dignity we deserve as we age.
One of the main issues which people felt strongly about was the difficulty of finding out about aged care services and options. The Government’s proposed website was felt to be an inadequate response to this need for information, which people argued should be provided locally and through face to face contact.
People attending the sessions were encouraged to join in with the Agewell Campaign and to spread the word within their communities. Many signed up immediately to support the campaign.
For more information about COTA Victoria’s consultations with older people, contact Anne Pate in the Policy Unit on 03 9655 2123 or at firstname.lastname@example.org