The Australian Aged Care Collaboration is a group of six aged care peak bodies: Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA), Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Health Australia, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and UnitingCare Australia.
Together, we represent more than 1,000 organisations that are responsible for about 70 percent of the services delivered to the 1.3 million Australians receiving aged care, either at home or in communal residential settings.
We understand the needs of an ageing Australian population because collectively, our members support older people in cities as well as regional and remote localities, across all states and territories. In addition, we are major employers and users of local goods and services.
COVID-19 has devastated aged care across the country. We’ve seen services cancelled or undelivered because of lack of workforce, lengthy lockdowns and sadly, far too many deaths. Despite this, the sector continues to be underfunded and under resourced. Aged care staff and older people accessing care are paying the price. We cannot continue to leave things as they are.
Aged care providers, unions, health professionals, and government need to work with older people and their families and carers to fulfil every older Australian’s right to high quality care. Together we can realise this vision for Australia’s aged care system and ensure older Australians get the care they deserve, once and for all.