Ageing and dying well a step closer

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has welcomed the establishment of the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) and the announcement of the five remaining members of the Aged Care Reform Implementation Council (ACRIC) finalised last week.

“We are really pleased to see these two advisory bodies in place,” Dr Yvonne Luxford, PCA chief executive officer, said.

“They will be an integral part of the aged care reform process in the years to come and in ensuring that older Australians are able to age and die well, with dignity, in a place of their choosing,” she added.

Both bodies are part of the $3.7 billion Living Longer. Living Better aged care reform package introduced by the federal government in April.

“We know the current aged care system isn’t meeting the end of life care needs of older Australians,” Dr Luxford confessed. “Adequately funding palliative care to be appropriately delivered so as to enable Australians to live well until the end needs to be a priority. The ACFA will play an important role in achieving this.”

The Living Longer. Living Better package included reforms to ensure older Australians will have as much control as possible over their circumstances at the end of their life, especially where they want to die.

“This included a commitment to improving access to advance care planning, making it easier for older Australians to make decisions about their end of life care.

“We look forward to the Council highlighting this focus in the implementation of the reform package.

“It is great to see the first steps towards aged care reform in this country. We look forward seeing the true reforms implemented so that we will be able to provide comfort to older Australians that they will be able to age well and die well.”

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