Announcing Sarah Holland-Batt as patron of Aged Care Reform Now
Working together on sustainable solutions
Our aim is to focus on sustainable solutions, not problems. We believe it is only by working together – with older people, families, staff, providers, peak bodies, unions, academics, health bureaucrats, and politicians – that older people in Australia will receive the care and support they need.
Most importantly, we believe we need to listen, really listen, to older people and their families.
We welcome other like minded, motivated, solution focused individuals to join our Facebook group.
We’re always looking to hear from people with a lived experience of the aged care system to provide feedback and participate in consultation for our submissions. And you will be able to keep up to date with a wide range of aged care reform activity.
Aged Care Reform Now is a non-partisan grassroots group driven by older people and families who have personal experiences with aged care. We receive no government funding. Our aim is to highlight failures in the system and to offer solutions.
Our vision is a collaborative, transparent and effectively regulated aged care system that is focused on the human rights and quality of life of older people as their needs change.
We aim to achieve meaningful and sustainable improvements in the aged care system through respectful dialogue with key stakeholders. We look forward to working with stakeholders who share our values and our vision for reform.
Aged Care Reform Now advocates for:
- A new Aged Care Act that focuses on the human rights of older people
- Effective regulation
- Financial transparency
- Increased staffing levels and skill mix
- Disclosure of performance indicators
- Public access of regulator’s spot-check reports
- Public reporting of complaints including how they were managed and resolved
- Mandatory reporting of elder abuse
- Home care that prioritises each individual’s need for support
- Working with older people and families when designing aged care services
Governments have repeatedly ignored key recommendations from inquiries and reviews. The Federal government must act on the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The government should not give more money to aged care providers without fundamental reform of the system. Without financial transparency, the public has no way of knowing how providers spend billions of dollars of government subsidies.