As Australia’s population continues to age, the care of older persons becomes an increasingly important issue. It is estimated that by 2025, 17% of the population will be aged 65 years or over (4.9 million people) and 2.2% (621,000) over the age of 85. Currently, there is limited access to Aged Care services for those who are also homeless, disadvantaged, or marginalised and Care services are currently inadequately equipped to provide the range of services that is required to support this sector of society. This is partially due to the structure of support services that emphasise ‘consumer choice’ which presumes that older persons will have someone to support them in these choices. However, for many older persons this is not the reality. Therefore, The Salvation Army (through its 2016-17 Policy Statements) urges the Australian Government to “continue the provision of significant refurbishment supplements to enable service providers to meet the specialised needs of the marginalised.” (page 28).
We urge you to prayerfully consider your important vote this election. The Salvation Army’s Policy Statement on ‘Aged Care’ and the relevant policies of the main parties, listed in alphabetical order, can be found below for your consideration:
The Salvation Army Policy Statement
(esp. pages 28-30)
The Liberal National Coalition
(note: The Liberal National Coalition currently has no specific plan announced that covers ‘Aged Care’, however two policies have been announced that relate to this area.They are policies on ‘Protecting the Rights of Older Australians‘ and a package on ‘Dementia treatment‘.)