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Labor has a huge health agenda ahead of it. What policies should we expect?

According to health economist Dr Stephen Duckett, Labor’s win in Saturday’s election heralds real change in health policy. Although Labor had a small-target strategy, with limited big spending commitments, he says its victory represents a value shift to a party committed to equity and Medicare, and, potentially, a style shift to a hands-on, equity-oriented health minister.

Rice discusses Greens aged care plans if they achieve post-election balance of power

Greens Party spokesperson for aged care and community services, Senator Janet Rice, has spoken to COTA Australia CEO Ian Yates in an online webinar about her party’s plans for aged care if they acquire balance of power following the upcoming election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Sophisticated or insufficient? Stakeholders argue pros and cons of new AN-ACC funding model

The new AN-ACC funding model for residential aged care is just six months from implementation, and while many believe it to be a promising improvement on the much-derided outgoing ACFI model, others have sticking points that require answers. BIANCA ROBERTS investigates

Elusive Colbeck emerges to chat with COTA Australia’s Ian Yates during webinar

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck has today spoken about the progress made by the Morrison Government after the handing down of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in July 2021, a process of reform he says he is keen to continue after the election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

O’Neil and Ruston speak to COTA about their parties’ key policy objectives for older Aussies

COTA Australia has welcomed Labor’s Clare O’Neil, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Aged Care Services, and Senator Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services, to discuss their key policy objectives that will impact the wellbeing of older Australians. BIANCA ROBERTS presents an overview of their key points

Labor’s O’Neil says coalition lying about its policy on 24-hour nursing

Labor aged care services spokeswoman Clare O'Neil has challenged the Morrison Government to come clean over its stance on having 24-hour nursing staff in aged care homes, accusing it of lying.

Fed up aged care workers rally outside Federal Parliament demanding change

The Federal Government was squarely in the campaign sights of aged care workers who rallied outside Federal Parliament yesterday, after being, what they call 'dudded', in Tuesday night's Budget.

Unions, workers and advocates united in dissatisfaction a year on from royal commission

Representatives from the UWU and the ANMF, alongside a range of aged care workers and advocates, gathered online today to commemorate the one year anniversary of the royal commission final report - and they found little cause for celebration.

Colbeck rebuffs calls to resign, criticises those wanting to ‘talk down’ aged care

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck has dismissed further calls for him to resign, saying during a fiery round of questioning at Senate estimates that the number of deaths in aged care from the virus were not an indication of performance.

Workforce shortages and other long term issues aired by workers union heads during parliament doorstop

Aged Care workers from New South Wales and Canberra, alongside Health Services Union figure-heads and Labor politicians, assembled at the doors of parliament yesterday in a continued bid to seek reforms aimed at alleviating the ongoing aged care crisis. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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