The Federal Government’s commitment to providing for seniors through the More Choices For a Longer Life package is welcome news for Queenslanders, LNP Shadow Minister for Seniors Dr Christian Rowan said today.
“The measures included in the package will boost living standards and give retirees peace of mind regarding their finances,” Dr Rowan said.
“$1.6 billion will go towards providing an extra 14,000 high-level home care packages for seniors, which is great news for those who want to stay in their own homes,” Dr Rowan said.
“The $40 million committed to supporting aged care providers in regional, rural and remote Australia is will help Queenslanders outside our major cities get the world-class care they deserve.
“And I’m really excited to see the Turnbull Government’s Stronger Rural Health Strategy that will mean better access to doctors, nurses and other health services in rural and regional areas, plus an additional $84 million for the Royal Flying Doctor Service which is so important in a state the size of Queensland.
Dr Rowan said given recent issues in Queensland aged care facilities it was also re-assuring to see the Turnbull Government’s establishment of an Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.
“This Commission is designed to ensure older Australians receive the best possible care, and there is an additional $50 million to assist providers implement these new standards,” he said.
“The Federal Government will continue to address elder abuse with the creation of new support services including a national online register for enduring powers of attorney.”