Aged Care Reform (Eleanor) made a quick appearance on a great pre-election segment prepared by Caroline Winter for AM. Thanks Caroline, and thanks ABC! Now that the results are starting to come in, let's hope that our new Parliamentary members are ready to accept our petition in the coming weeks - we'll keep you posted … Continue reading ABC Radio Adelaide Appearance
[Reproduced with kind permission from a speech given at our Adelaide rally on March 17th 2018] Image: The NursePath Blog. My name is Margaret and I would like to tell you some of the experiences I have had in the Broken Aged Care System. My husband suffered from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia. After … Continue reading The experiences I have had in the Broken Aged Care System.
[The following is a speech that was given at our SA rally on 17th March 2018, reproduced here with permission] It is with a heavy heart that I stand before you all today as my beautiful husband passed away in a care facility fifteen months ago. Our journey began in 1996 when he was diagnosed … Continue reading Carolyn – A Family Carer’s Story
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 … Continue reading SA Election 2018: Where do the contesting parties stand on aged care reform?
Aged Care Reform welcome the ICAC report and its recommendations, however once again all of the reports findings are non-binding. SA is now in caretaker mode due to the upcoming election, and the caretaker government have promised to implement all recommendations - if re-elected. SA Labor have also said that they are "deeply sorry". Saying … Continue reading Aged Care Reform Response to ICAC report on Oakden
Urgently increase targeted government funding for reforms to aged care services across the country. -Increased funding to meet basic care needs per resident, per day, and supply the resources required. -Upgrades to ageing infrastructure and stimulate the creation and expansion of new infrastructure to accommodate growing demand. -Federal and state grants to purchase vital equipment … Continue reading Our Reform Vision
Whew - what an exciting weekend! We held our rally on the steps of Parliament in South Australia, and hosted speakers of nearly every political party contesting the March election, as well as family members and aged care workers. We were bolstered by incredible support from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, who we would … Continue reading Adelaide Rally, 17th February 2018
Here is our formal speaking order for rally day! February 17th, 11:30am at Parliament House, North Terrace Adelaide. SPEAKERS ORDER FOR ADELAIDE RALLY 17 FEB 2018 Time Speaker Organisation 11:30 Acknowledgement of Country Eleanor Introduction by Eleanor Organiser 11.40 Performance, Nigel Spoken Word 11:45 Statement from ARAS Advocacy 11:50 Kelly Vincent Dignity Party 11:55 … Continue reading Adelaide Rally – Speaker Announcement
Anon Carer: I am a personal carer at an aged care facility. I need my job, I am a passionate carer, but there needs to be changes. These are people we are dealing with - not a factory job! With all the funding cuts and the 'ageing in place' ethos, we cannot do what is … Continue reading A Personal Carers Story
My Mum was in residential care for a number of years, initially in low care, and later high care. At one point, I decided to bring her home to live with me as I felt that she was not receiving decent basic care, or even adequate food, despite me advocating constantly on her behalf. While … Continue reading A Family Member’s Experience of “High” Care