ACRN committee and group members have attended Health Department Engagements following the recommencement of the reform process by the new Government. ACRN committee members also join the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission consumer panel.
Victorian ACRN activity since May 2022 federal elections
Victorian members have engaged continuously with Peta Murphy, Member for Dunkley, on aged care issues online and as reform bills were brought before Parliament.
Liz Barton and Cecilia Webster had a face-to-face meeting with Cassandra Fernando, newly elected House of Representatives member for Holt, spoke with her advisors, and presented them with a draft of the October 2022 Pre-Budget Submission which they promised to discuss with Aged Care Minister Annika Wells.
Currently, we are investigating two matters: the mass withdrawal of municipal councils in Victoria from Home Care Services and the failures to service agreed numbers of clients; and the alarming news that Meals on Wheels services are changing from providing freshly cooked meals to frozen pre-packed meals.
September and October were also busy with meetings with both federal and state politicians in the lead-up to the Victorian state elections.
Western Australia ACRN activity since May 2022 federal elections
The WA team has been busy meeting new and existing parliamentarians from all persuasions to help inform them of the issues in Aged Care and how consumers and advocates can impact positive change.
We have met with state member Sabine Winton, Federal Senators Linda Reynolds, Louise Pratt, Dean Smith, Matt O’Sullivan, Fatima Payman as well as MPs Tracey Roberts and Kate Chaney.
We have continued to build on collaborative relationships with other groups attending Health Consumer Council events and webinars, meeting with committee members of WASFR, and participating in COTA’s research projects on retirement living and dementia redress.