CARING ROLE: LNP candidate for Fairfax Ted O'Brien with Margaret Donaldson.
CARING ROLE: LNP candidate for Fairfax Ted O'Brien with Margaret Donaldson.

MP for Fairfax supports new move to help seniors

NEWLY elected Fairfax LNP member Ted O'Brien has thrown his support behind setting up a dedicated aged care advisory committee on the Sunshine Coast.

"During my campaign months, I spent a lot of time talking with seniors, either door-knocking or at community forums to get a true understanding about what's important to them,” Mr O'Brien told Seniors.

"Remaining in their homes as long as possible is high on the list for many seniors, so a group focused on delivering better and more effective home-care services has clear value.

"I want it to be broader than that, however, as we have to capture the needs of all our elderly.”

The aged care committee stems from an idea from Margaret Donaldson, 75, of Buderim Gardens Retirement Village, who worked in aged care for 25 years and had her own training school.

She was at the forum which Mr O'Brien organised in February to give seniors the chance to identify key issues concerning them.

She suggested a local advisory committee because, "there needs to be a comprehensive supply of options for mature-age people from accessing entertainment and their local shops, to health care and other support services.

"At the start of the financial year, a new method of delivery and payment for aged care home services came into effect and there may be further changes in 2017, placing more demands on service providers,” Mrs Donaldson said.

"Developing a support system to assist aged care providers and their clients to navigate such changes is another role the advisory committee can fulfil.”

Mr O'Brien said the aged care advisory committee would have the potential to assist in developing working relationships with both private and public service providers and, indeed, across all levels of government.

"It will also be an effective way to better identify and communicate any unmet needs in the community,” he said.

Representatives of service providers in aged care are now being approached to be members of the committee which is expected to be established by the end of the year.


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