We requested all of the SA parties send us their policies and positions regarding aged care reform prior to this weekends state election. Only three have responded to our request to point of publication – the Dignity Party, Australian Conservatives, and SA-BEST.

Dignity Party:

The Dignity Party support a mandated minimum staff to residents ratio to ensure that adequate care and support is provided in our aged care facilities. Like many, the Dignity Party are very concerned with the recent Oakden findings. It is clear from Commissioner Lander’s report that more safeguarding is required in our aged care facilities. The Dignity Party supports more frequent auditing and unannounced visits to our aged care facilities, as well as ongoing education to staff and families about elder abuse and how to report it. We also believe the SA Government must develop workforce strategies to ensure that our aged care workers are adequately trained, and understand and adhere to the required care standards. Elderly South Australians deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and the SA Government has a responsibility to ensure they are given the support they need.

https://dignityparty.org.au/downloadable/directions-for-south-australia-dynamic-aging/

I am calling on all parties seeking office or power at this election, to ensure that their ministers are qualified to understand their role, their department and most of all their responsibility as a Minister of the Crown, so that we never again see a dereliction of duty as we have with Oakden or any state run department, program or facility.

To read a full response to today’s published ICAC report into the Oakden Facility click the link below.

https://kellyvincentmlc.com/me…/oakden-icac-report-response/

Australian Conservatives: 

Thank you for your email asking for a brief summation of the ideas and initiatives that I raised at the rally.
This is a summation for you:
Firstly the question if I could be an Aged Care Worker for one day?
In all honestly I couldn’t as it is a specialised field and I very much respect and admire those people who work in that field. It is a difficult job but a very important job.
Nicolle Jachmann, number two on our Upper House ticket, is the Chief Executive Officer of a sixty bed, twenty-five independent living unit aged care facility in the Riverland. Nicolle has a lot of expertise and if she is successful with me in the State Election, would bring that industry front and centre into Parliament, with both knowledge and compassion.
We acknowledge that wages are low for the special work that the aged care workers and ages care nurses provide. We are happy to talk to you about what may be able to be done after the election on these issues and we invite you to contact us for a meeting.
Palliative Care is an area we have committed $24.5 million dollars to as Palliative care is an important part of aged care.
We also express serious concerns about the difficulties experienced getting aged
care beds and palliative care beds, particularly in the rural and regional areas of  South Australia.

We believe the aim with aged care, health care and palliative care should be to have people as close to home, their families and their support networks
as possible.

Yours sincerely,
Hon Robert Brokenshire MLC

SA-BEST:

Thank you for inviting me to participate in your Aged Care Reform rally as it was a privilege. This is also something that has my personal and the full support of SA BEST.

I have attached our newly announced policy and in this we support many reforms such as staff ratios, CCTV and palliative care to just name a few.

Kelly Gladigau,
SA BEST candidate for Hammond

https://sabest.org.au/state-policies/seniors/

Here are the other parties links (which I had to find for myself.)

Greens SA:

Tammy Franks MLC spoke at our rally, and committed that if re-elected, she would bring forth legislation to require all SA service providers to publish their staff ratios.

https://www.facebook.com/TammyFranksMLC/videos/1734486639948388/

Older South Australians have an equal right to participate in social, economic and political aspects of life and to maintain control over their independence. The skills and life experience of seniors benefit the whole community and the economy.

A lifelong approach to active ageing should form the basis of policy for older South Australians, based on World Health Organisation (WHO) Active Ageing principles focusing on wellness, age-friendly environments, availability and accessibility of effective health care, and active participation in all aspects of community life.

https://greens.org.au/sa/policies/older-south-australians 

SA Labor:

We will continue to deliver initiatives that establish South Australia as a leader in the ageing sector, including Living Labs, which focus on developing world-class innovation in the design of Ageing Well products, programs, services and technology.

We will establish a unit (within the Office of Ageing) to deal exclusively with issues of elder abuse. Elder abuse can be prevented when the community, through positive government leadership, works together to uphold the right of older people to safety, dignity, autonomy, freedom from harm and respect for their rights and values.

https://standingupforsouthaustralia.com.au/policies/supporting-all-south-australians/

The Premier committed to acceptance of all 13 recommendations from the ICAC report into Oakden, promised families that there will be further investigations by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and indicated Labor supports the use of CCTV in public areas of residential care facilities.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-01/premier-promises-justice-for-families-of-oakden-patients/9497956

SA Liberal Party:

A Marshall Liberal Government will legislate to empower a government agency to conduct investigations into allegations of abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults.This adult protection legislation will be one of the first bills we table and will provide legal safeguards for adults who are vulnerable to abuse or neglect. It will also empower a Vulnerable Persons Agency to both conduct investigations of concern raised and co-ordinate responses across agencies.
https://strongplan.com.au/policy/protecting-our-most-vulnerable/

A Marshall Liberal Government will develop aged accommodation and services for Strathalbyn and the surrounding area.

https://strongplan.com.au/policy/investing-in-aged-care/ 

$14 million to shift former Oakden residents to a new facility at the Repat. Mr Marshall said if elected, a Liberal government would open three separate “pods” of high-level care beds for older persons’ mental health, including one at Northgate and another at the Repat site.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-02/sa-liberals-propose-oakden-replacement-on-repat-site/9503224

Advance SA:

I could not find any reference to any aged care specific policies or position on the Advance SA website, nor any news or social media articles related to interviews with candidates that indicated any policy promises that related to aged care when searching “Advance SA aged care policy”

Animal Justice Party SA: 

I could not find any reference to any aged care specific policies or position on the Animal Justice Party SA website, nor any news or social media articles related to interviews with candidates that indicated any policy promises that related to aged care when searching “Animal Justice Party SA aged care policy”. There is a mention from the Animal Justice Party ACT of bringing animals into aged care facilities to enhance the well-being of both people and animals.

Child Protection Party:

I could not find any reference to any aged care specific policies or position on the Child Protection Party website, nor any news or social media articles related to interviews with candidates that indicated any policy promises that related to aged care when searching “Child Protection Party aged care policy”.

Danig Party:

I could not find any reference to any aged care specific policies or position on the Danig Party website, nor any news or social media articles related to interviews with candidates that indicated any policy promises that related to aged care when searching “Danig Party aged care policy”.

Liberal Democratic Party:

I could not find any reference to any aged care specific policies or position on the Liberal Democratic Party website, nor any news or social media articles related to interviews with candidates that indicated any policy promises that related to aged care when searching “Liberal Democratic Party aged care policy”.

Stop Population Growth Now Party: 

I could not find any reference to any aged care specific policies or position on the Stop Population Growth Now Party website, nor any news or social media articles related to interviews with candidates that indicated any policy promises that related to aged care when searching “Stop Population Growth Now Party aged care policy”.

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