Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Mental Health, joined the Hon. Alex Somlyay MP and LNP Candidate for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien at the Coolum Waters Retirement Resort on Friday (22 Feb) for an important community forum on ageing.
“Senator Fierravanti-Wells is keen to hear the views of the local Sunshine Coast community about their ideas and concerns regarding aged care,” Mr Somlyay said ahead of Friday’s forum.
“The Forum provides an opportunity to discuss details of the Coalition’s plans for ageing and aged care should we win government.”
LNP Candidate for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien thanked Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells for taking part in the Coolum-based forum, which was attended by aged care providers, clinicians, carers and other stakeholders in the aged care sector.
Mr O’Brien noted the enormous growth of demand from seniors on the Coast, citing over-regulation, legislative complexity and uncertainty of funding among the big issues for local aged care providers.
“Today’s forum was successful and allowed members of the local community to have their ideas and concerns about aged care heard,” Mr O’Brien said on Friday.
“For the Coalition, it is important to hold forums on portfolio issues like ageing so we can gain a better understanding of what best suits the needs of the community.”
Recent findings by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) have shown that aged care facilities could face a revenue black hole of $750 million in the next 2½ years as a result of federal funding changes.
“Results also showed that on average aged care facilities can expect to lose more than $125,000 each year,” Mr O’Brien explained.
“Aged care providers, unlike most businesses, cannot increase aged care fees as they are set by the Federal Government; so any hikes in running costs can not be simply passed on to the consumer.
“Thanks to the current Government’s inept policies, we could see cuts to staffing and other services which affect aged care residents in Fairfax.”