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Aged care providers will have the opportunity to share their views about ongoing reform directly with the Government in a roundtable to be held early next year.
One hundred delegates will be personally invited to attend the event to ensure representation from across all groups involved in aged care and disability, a spokesperson from Assistant Minister Ken Wyatt’s office said.
The purpose of the forum is to re-visit the Aged Care Roadmap, which was developed in 2015 by the Government-appointed Aged Care Sector Committee, to consider which elements are working already and whether any elements need further adjustment in the short, intermediate and long term.
While the Government has stopped short of formally endorsing the Roadmap, the Assistant Minister said there is no issue with it and believes it reflects what the sector sees as key sign posts for the direction that has to be taken.
The forum will enable providers from metropolitan, regional and rural areas who are not usually involved in policy or reform discussions to share their views and concerns.
In particular, the Minister wants to hear the views of consumers, people with disability, and Indigenous, CALD and LGBTI seniors.
While the Department of Health is collating the delegate list, anyone who wishes to be involved can express their interest directly to Minister Wyatt’s office, or speak to their local MP to nominate them.