‘Crisis’ talks in aged care

Shadow Minister hears concerns of residents

LISTENING: Gauging views at St John’s on Monday were Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Sophie Mirabella (MHR, Indi), with aged care providers (from left) Peter Hill (St John’s chief executive officer), David Evans (St John’s board member), Stephen Oxley (St John’s board chair) and Peter de Koeyer (Westmont aged care services chief executive officer).

AGED care residents and providers have vented about what’s wrong with the current system.

About 40 people attended a forum at St John’s Nursing Home on Monday to ask Shadow Minister for Ageing, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, what she intends to do to fix it, should her party be elected to government.

The NSW senator said there was a raft of problems with the current system, after the current Federal Government adopted a series of changes to aged care in response to a 2011 productivity commission report.

“Recently the government made some major changes and indeed today we have heard how some of those changes are just impractical,” she said.

St John’s chief executive officer, Peter Hill, identified the phasing out of bonds, which residents pay to their provider when they enter a facility, as a major problem with the government’s current stance.

“I think there is a need for it to be dramatically reviewed to include more of what was in the actual productivity commission’s report,” he said.

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