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Federal election

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.

Quality dementia care must be an ongoing priority for the upcoming 47th parliament

As the federal election ticks down, Australians impacted by dementia are calling on all candidates to pledge that providing quality dementia care will be placed firmly at the top of the agenda for the ongoing systemic aged care reforms in the 47th parliament.

Public survey says fixing aged care an ‘important issue’ for most voters

A new polling of voters, commissioned by BaptistCare and undertaken by YouGov, shows aged care policy is an ‘important issue’ for 83 per cent of Australian voters in deciding how they will cast their ballot in the upcoming federal election.

Cost of living and aged care top priority of voters: ANU survey

Surveying what should be a top priority after the May 21 poll, an Australian National University study found addressing cost of living, fixing aged care and strengthening the economy the top three responses.

OPAN roundtable highlights importance of elder input into aged care policy and reform

A recent OPAN roundtable has highlighted the importance of older people's voices in maintaining pressure on politicians during the election campaign, with the discussion guided by five prominent aged care advocates and members of OPAN’s Older Persons Reference Group. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Passionate but exhausted support workers are at breaking point – it’s time for Govt and families to step up

CEO of My Home Care Group Stuart Miller is calling for bipartisan commitment for more mental health support for aged care support workers. They are at breaking point, with calls for more mental health investment to prevent mass resignations across the country. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Chronic wounds should be part of federal election agenda

Wounds Australia chair Hayley Ryan CSC says the 2022 federal election is a unique opportunity for politicians and candidates to commit to action on the hidden epidemic of chronic wounds that has spread across Australia, particularly in the aged care sector.

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