Paul Sadler, CEO Presbyterian Aged Care, presented at the Aged Care Forum held at the National Press Club on 13 July 2016, speaking in his role as National President of Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA).
Paul made the following points:
Following the seminal Caring for Older Australians report by the Productivity Commission in 2011, all sides of politics supported a once-in-a-generation reform agenda. These reforms will, over time, direct the government funding of aged care to the consumer, not the provider.
As more people are personally affected by aged care, awareness of this issue is growing. There are over 1.1 million Australians receiving some form of aged care service in 2016.
Our aged care system is a lottery - not based on demand but an arbitrary number of places per 1,000 people over age 70. There is a cap on delivery of services, no matter how urgently people need them.
The 2016 Federal Budget announced a cut to residential aged care funding, particularly targeting people with complex health care needs – those most at risk of going into hospital if their needs can’t be met by their aged care provider. ACSA argues the residential care funding cuts are unacceptable in their current form. They must be halted.
We need sustainable aged care sector financing arrangements where the market determines price, those that can contribute to their care do, with the government acting as a ‘safety net’ and contributor when there is insufficient market response.
(pictured LtoR Ian Yates (Chief Executive COTA Australia), Lee Thomas (Federal Secretary Australia Nursing & Midwifery), Kathryn Murphy (Political Editor, The Guardian Aust & Director National Press Club), Paul Sadler (CEO Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & National President ACSA)