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LASA supports call for Senate Inquiry into Aged Care funding cuts

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, welcomes Independent Senator Nick Xenophon's call for a Senate Inquiry into aged care funding cuts. LASA Chief Executive Officer Sean Rooney said recent budget cuts to aged care are having an immediate and negative impact on the care of frail and sick elderly Australians.

“Recent changes to the existing funding arrangements known as the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) will see $1.8 billion removed from aged care,” Mr Rooney says.

“This is unacceptable and unsustainable and needs to be subject to public debate and scrutiny. It absolutely makes no sense for aged care funding to be cut in a time of increasing need and demand.” he says.

Aged care is at a critical point in Australia, with up to five million more seniors potentially needing aged care services over the next decade.

“Preparing for this growth requires funding and policy stability, neither of which are currently in place," Mr Rooney says.

“The proposed Senate Inquiry’s terms of reference need to consider the true and full cost of aged care provision, including residential and home and community care.”

Mr Rooney says LASA intends to continue to work closely with the re-elected Turnbull government to reverse the cuts and ensure aged care is given the respect and funding an ageing Australia deserves.

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