A fortnightly newsletter from Acting National Director Martin J. Cowling
The UnitingCare network’s approach to older people is guided and informed by the United Nations Principles for Older Persons which focus on Independence, Participation, Care, Self-fulfilment and Dignity and by an overall safe church approach to ensure the protection of vulnerable people.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes moves today by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert to refer proposed changes to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) announced in the mid-year economic and fiscal review and 2016-17 Federal Budget to a Senate Committee.
Pressure on public hospitals in States and Territories will worsen significantly because of more than $2 billion in Federal Government cuts to aged care health funding, one of Australia’s largest not-forprofit aged care providers said today.
Aged care residents in Australia will be hit hard by Federal Government funding cuts which threaten vulnerable and sick older people, Chair of the UnitingCare Australia Aged Care Network Steve Teulan said today.
The Federal Government is set to cut the Complex Health Care element of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) by $1.2 billion over four years in the 2016-17 Budget, on top of $750 million which was cut in December 2015. Independent modelling suggests the real impact of the cuts will more than $2.5billion.
UnitingCare Australia today welcomed the call by the Australian Labor Party for the Government to publicly release its modelling on the impact of the funding cuts to aged care.
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