Basics needed: care providers
AGED Care providers on the Fraser Coast are more concerned about getting basic services and funding fixed than in broader ideas of restructuring the industry. That was the message of an Aged Care Forum in Hervey Bay, featuring Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Ms Fierravanti-Wells is the shadow minister for aging and mental health, and she is on a fact-finding mission to hear the concerns from the grassroots of the aged care industry.
She said the Coalition was looking into the idea of a huge restructuring of the industry as a whole, moving towards an entitlement system for aged care services, similar to Medicare.
While the various aged care providers from the Fraser Coast appreciated the idea of the restructure, they used the forum to tell the senator they felt there were more basic concerns that needed to be met first.
Ms Fierravanti-Wells said she hoped the possible restructure would ultimately fix the problems the providers complained of in the first place, as a massive reduction in red tape would in turn lead to better work conditions and funding opportunities for those in the industry.
"Up to 35-40% of their day is dealing with paperwork," she said.
"We need to make the system more simple."
Ms Fierravanti-Wells also spoke to the providers about the Federal Government's recent $1.6 billion cut in Aged Care funding.
The local providers said they were still determining the full extent of how that cut would affect them.