COTA VIC CEO Tina Hogarth-Clarke says while the Victorian Government's 22/23 State Budget offers much that is likely to improve the health and wellbeing of older Victorians, sh also believes it leaves a number of gaping holes that still need to be addressed, especially public infrastructure.
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
COTA Victoria’s six priorities featured in its pre-budget submission highlight the depth and breadth of the gaps in services older Victorians are experiencing relating to social wellbeing, expanding workforce opportunities, elder abuse, transport, digital inclusion and mobility. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
A revised version of the Industry Code for Visiting Aged Care Homes has been released for public consultation, which industry bodies claim provides a better balance between safety measures and respecting the rights of older Australians and their emotional wellbeing.
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia is calling on all state and territory governments to immediately ensure that their public health orders and directions relating to COVID-19 and nursing homes include a provision that all aged care residents have access to at least one ‘Essential Visitor’ who can see them in person, even during a Covid outbreak.