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Reconsidering the Aged Care Act: A step in the right direction

A message from Janet Rhodes, Executive General Manager of Aged Care Services

As news broke that the implementation of proposed amendments to the Aged Care Act has been put on hold, many of us in the aged care sector breathed a collective sigh of relief.

This decision, in my opinion, is not only prudent but necessary in ensuring that the voices of those impacted are heard and considered.

Listening to the concerns voiced by various stakeholders, including aged care providers, professionals, and most importantly, elderly individuals and their families, it became evident that pushing through changes without thorough consultation could have unintended consequences. In this respect, the decision to pause and reflect is a testament to the government’s willingness to listen and respond to feedback.

From my perspective, this pause offers a valuable opportunity to reevaluate the proposed amendments and consider alternative approaches that better address the complex challenges facing the aged care sector. It allows for a more inclusive and collaborative process, where everyone can actively participate in shaping the future of aged care in our country.

While change is undoubtedly needed to improve the quality of care and support for our elderly population, it must be done thoughtfully and with careful consideration of its implications. Rushing through reforms without proper consultation and planning risks exacerbating existing issues and undermining the well-being of those we aim to serve.

Mary Damian Centre receptionist talks with a resident in the common area.

As we navigate this period of reflection, I urge all stakeholders to engage constructively in the dialogue – sharing insights, experiences, and innovative ideas that can inform more effective and sustainable solutions. By working together, we can ensure that any future changes to the Aged Care Act are informed, inclusive, and ultimately, in the best interests of our elderly citizens.

While the decision to pause the implementation of the Aged Care Act amendments may seem like a setback to some, I believe it presents a valuable opportunity for us to recalibrate our approach and pave the way for a more compassionate, dignified, and sustainable aged care system for all Australians.

Let’s use this time wisely to listen, learn, and collaborate towards a brighter future.

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