The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will join Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) CEO Darren Mathewson to throw his support behind ACST’s “Old, frail and invisible” campaign.
“I’m supporting the ‘Old, frail and invisible’ campaign because older Australians need a much better deal,” Mr Wilkie said.
“For a start, the $1.2bn in cuts announced in the Federal Budget should be reversed and a proper review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument undertaken.
“More help must be given to service providers to deal with the significant current reforms to the aged care sector, otherwise these providers will be left in the lurch and essential services will be put at risk.
“And the Government must make sure that aged care workers are appropriately skilled and ready to deal with the ageing population, by funding a national Aged Services Workforce Strategy.
“I’m pleased to be able to support this campaign and disappointed that so far at least the Labor and Liberal parties haven’t gotten on board.”