Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles
Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles Herald Sun

Public forum on Australia's aged care crisis

Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles will join Shadow Assistant Minister for Carers Emma McBride for a public forum on aged care at Mingara Recreation Club on Thursday, November 21.

"This free public forum will provide the Central Coast community with an opportunity to learn about the Aged Care Royal Commission, the current shortage of Home Care Packages and recent closures of local aged care facilities," Mr Marles said.

"I will also be officially launching the Aged Care Act Now! Campaign on the Central Coast.

"Older Australians cannot wait for action on aged care and the Liberal Government must act now to fix our country's broken aged care system."

Ms McBride said the new community campaign urgently called on the Morrison Liberal Government to act now on aged care.

"The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety's interim report laid bare the state of Australia's aged care system," she said.

"There is not one part of Australia's aged care system that isn't impacted by crisis.

"While Labor is prepared to work constructively with the Liberal Government to progress long-term reform challenges, there are three things the Royal Commission says it must address now to fix Australia's broken aged care system:

1. Ensure older Australians are getting the care at home when they need it most.

2. End the overreliance of chemical restraints in aged care.

3. Stop the unacceptable number of young people entering residential aged care.

"Older Australians and their loved ones cannot wait until the final report of the Royal Commission, which is handed down in November 2020, for action on aged care," Mr Marles said.

"This includes older Australians waiting for care at home, with waiting times blowing out to almost two years for the highest levels of care.

"It also includes the older Australians in residential aged care facilities who are not getting the high quality care they deserve in a wealthy country like Australia.

"There are dozens of reviews and hundreds of recommendations that the Liberal Government should have implemented to act on aged care.

"It's time to act now on aged care."

WHERE: Tasman Room, Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi

WHEN: Thursday, 21 November 2019 Noon to 2pm, light lunch provided

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