Wonderful news that one of our collaborating organisations ALARM has snared former Royal Commissioner Tony Pagone as its patron https://www.alarm.org.au/alarm-announces-royal-commissioner-as-patron/
As part of our collaboration with ALARM, we wrote letters to the Senate Committee on Community Affairs re the Aged Care and other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response No 2) Bill 2021: 9th Schedule. This schedule would remove the human rights of older people by allowing aged care providers and their staff to escape prosecution with regards to the application of restraint to a specified group of residents. This is in direct contravention to the recommendations of the Royal Commission and our key values of human rights and accountability. This was a schedule that the Government tried to sneak in, however, we were on to it and we made an application to remove Schedule 9. It is before the Senate.
Our letters are available on the public record as part of the Rodney Lewis submission here - https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/AgedCareResponse2/Submissions
WA Seniors Alliance
Our hardworking WA members Yvonne Buters and Amina Schipp were invited by WA Seniors Alliance President Mr. Ron de Gruchy to attend their last meeting for 2021. They had the opportunity to introduce ‘Aged Care Reform Now’ and explain what we do. There were several aged care related questions that came from the group who seemed to be very engaged in the topic and keen to learn more. A big thanks to Margaret Walsh who has been instrumental in supporting our team in making connections and spreading the advocacy word around.
Please note that in our last newsletter, we incorrectly called the group the Independent Retirees Association. While the Association of Independent Retirees is a member of the Group, the Group we have been working with is the WA Seniors Alliance which is a combination of:
Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R) Ltd. (A.I.R. WA)
Australian Pensioners & Superannuants League WA Inc. (APSL)
Naval Association (WA Branch) (Navy)
Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated (RSL)
Superannuated Commonwealth Officers Association WA Inc. (SCOAWA)
Western Australia Self-Funded Retirees Inc. (WASFR)
We apologise for the error and again thank WASA for its openness in working together.
Aged Care Watch
Aged Care Watch is a website where you can report understaffing in an aged care facility. The information is then made public in order for people to see how understaffed specific facilities are.
We hope you will join us in supporting our collaborators and the work we all do in helping improve aged care services for older Australians.
Death of Allied Health
Did you know that under the proposed changes to Aged Care funding, physiotherapy and other allied health services will not be funded within aged care facilities after October 2022? If residents need access to allied health, they will generally have to pay for them out of their pocket.
Death of Aged Care Physio and Allied Health is a campaign to lobby the government to reconsider the funding changes and provide better allied health funding so older Australians can get the allied health services they need.
Currently, they are running a change.org campaign to petition the Australian senate. You can sign the petition here - https://www.change.org/p/the-australian-senate-senate-petition-to-ensure-physiotherapy-and-allied-health-for-nursing-home-residents
You can read more about the wider campaign here - https://www.deathofagedcare.com.au/
In the interests of transparency, the campaign is organised by the CEO of Allied Aged Care - a physiotherapy group in Queensland. While we recognise there is a level of self-interest, we believe the issue of access to allied health is important to the ongoing health and wellbeing of older Australians.
We hope you can support the campaign and all our collaborators. The more we can work together with other people and organisations, the louder our collective voices can become.
Yours in action,
The Aged Care Reform Now team