MEDIA RELEASE: Older People Welcome Action on Aged Care Reform

COTA Australia today welcomed the establishment of two key advisory groups which will be integral  to improving the lives of older Australians as aged care reform is rolled out in the years ahead.

COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates said older Australians would be looking to the newly  established Aged Care Reform Implementation Council and the Aged Care Financing Authority to  provide reforms that meet their current and future needs.

Mr Yates said he looked forward to working with colleagues on the Aged Care Financing Authority to  ensure the Government delivers a sustainable, fair and affordable aged care system.

“Older Australians and their families have been left to struggle through an ailing aged care system in  Australia for far too long,” Mr Yates said.

“Older people often don’t get the care they need when they need it and a commitment to real reform  has been a long time coming for Australia’s seniors.

“The Federal Government’s proposed reforms sets us on a path which will make real differences to  the lives of the older people into the future.

“It is encouraging to see action today with the inclusion of industry, academics, experts and  advocates who will help drive the reform implementation and work through the financing minefield.

“It will be critical throughout the process to keep the needs and wants of older people as the highest  priority as the complex details of the reforms are considered.

“Older people look forward to hearing more about how the Government is actively progressing the  reforms at its conference in Adelaide next week.”

Media contact: Ian Yates 0418835439, Anastasia Stomo 0432243389