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Aged Care Forum

Published: Tuesday, 14 June 2011

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On Tuesday 7 June, Josh Frydenberg hosted the inaugural Kooyong Aged Care Forum.

Held at Kew Gardens Aged Care, over 25 representatives from aged care service organisations in the electorate joined Josh Frydenberg and the Shadow Minister for the Ageing Senator Connie Fierravanti-Wells for a discussion about the key issues facing the aged care sector.

Josh Frydenberg said that aged care was in crisis and that only 40% of residential aged care services operated in the black.

“At a time when our population demographic is undergoing rapid change, the Government has provided no new money for the aged care sector.  We must put aged care up the front of the agenda and provide sustainable solutions that will drive growth in the industry,” Mr Frydenberg said today. 

“It was terrific to hear from such a wide variety of Independent and Not for Profit organisations about the issues of concern to them. Clearly the aged care system is creaking under the demands placed on it and the Government should be doing more to create a framework that will see the necessary infrastructure investment our society needs. Continued focus on training and retaining the best possible workforce for the aged care sector is also a priority.” Mr Frydenberg said.

Representatives from organisations including Baptcare, Blue Cross, Carrington Aged Care, Benetas, Uniting Aged Care and Catholic Homes, Mary MacKillop Aged Care, Eva Tilley, Kew Gardens and St George’s / St Vincent’s Aged Care attended the Kooyong Aged Care Forum.

Mr Frydenberg said it is his intention to continue this important dialogue on aged care issues using forums such as these. This will ensure that the aged care providers in Kooyong will have an opportunity to be heard and the best interests of the aged care residents in Kooyong protected and advanced.

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