HammondCare CE welcomes aged care initiatives in the 2017 federal budget

HammondCare's chief executive, Dr Stephen Judd, has welcomed initiatives announced in last night’s Federal Budget that will help address the workforce issues facing the sector over the next few decades.

“Australia’s ageing population is set to more than double over the next forty years to nearly nine million people aged over 65 years – this has significant ramifications for the aged care industry workforce.

“The announcement of $1.9m towards an aged care workforce taskforce in last night’s Federal Budget will help the industry focus on this important issue and ensure we have the right mix of skills and training in place.”

Dr Judd also said the extension of funding for the Commonwealth Home Support Program was welcome, and would help people who wish to remain living at home for longer.

He said the announcement of $8.3 million for a new palliative care at home initiative, to be run through Primary Health Networks, was good news.

“The vast majority of people in Australia would prefer to die at home, yet many do not have the choice. Providing people with this choice and flexibility at a critical time of their lives, is fundamental to good palliative care.”

Dr Judd said the announcement of an extra $375 million for homelessness services, to be matched by the States, was also significant: “The need for additional services to help older homeless people is crucial, particularly to provide housing for older women – where there is a growing need.”