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Roadmap to Reform an opportunity to drive the transformation of Australia’s age services

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All stakeholders involved in age services provision are being urged to join the Roadmap to Reform, a day-long online webinar opportunity to connect with industry thought-leaders and decision-makers to discuss and debate the way forward.

“Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) has analysed the Final Report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and we have called for more support for age service providers, consumers and the workforce to effect change,” LASA CEO Sean Rooney said.

“We have seen the Australian Government respond with a record $17.7 billion commitment to aged care in the 2021 Budget and now is the time for a whole-of-industry response, with a clearly articulated plan for the way forward.

“We want to clarify and understand what the road ahead looks like for older Australians and their families, providers and the vital workforce.”

The extraordinary webinar features Health and Aged Care Minister Greg Hunt, commissioner Janet Anderson of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, Ian Yates of COTA, Professor John Pollaers OAM, chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce, Craig Gear from OPAN and Michael Lye, deputy secretary for Ageing and Aged Care.

Researchers including Professor Joseph Ibrahim head of Health Law and Ageing Research at Monash University, Professor Kathy Eagar director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute at Wollongong University, Professor Hal Swerissen of the Grattan Institute will speak, along with Sean Rooney, LASA General Manager of Policy and Advocacy Tim Hicks and LASA interim director of Workforce Development and Innovation Merlin Kong.

“There is also more than a dozen high-profile providers who will discuss and analyse services in home care, residential care and retirement living for ageing people,” Rooney said.

“We want an aged care system that is effective, compassionate, safe, responsive, accessible, consumer-centred and fit-for-purpose.

“We have funding allocated to support once-in-a-generation change and the question is what will implementation look like?”

The detailed sessions include:

  • Consumers
  • The Government Vision
  • LASA’s Reform Overview
  • System Settings
  • Workforce
  • Quality
  • A consumer-centric system

There are also concurrent sessions running covering reform for residential care, home care, retirement and seniors housing.

At the end of the webinar, Sean Rooney will discuss LASA actions to move forward.

“We have distilled the key challenges, opportunities and delivery targets that will meet our industry’s obligations to older Australians and determine our sustainability,” Rooney said.

“It is not just up to the Government, it is up to us as an industry to inform change and create a system that is both enduring and consistent with consumer demand.

Rooney explained that the Roadmap to Reform is an opportunity to connect with industry thought-leaders and decision-makers to discuss and debate the way forward.

“The views expressed during the Roadmap to Reform will also help inform LASA’s ongoing advocacy efforts.”

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