In February, the Disability Reform Ministerial Council acknowledged the failure to achieve the first 2 targets in the Federal Government’s Younger People in Residential Aged Care strategy.
Those targets were:
- No people under the age of 65 entering residential aged care by 2022
- No people under the age of 45 living in residential aged care by 2022
We know there are dozens of young people entering aged care each month and that there are still a number of young people under 45 living in aged care.
Significantly, of the close to 3000 young people in aged care, only 39 younger people moved out to specialist disability accommodation in 2021/22.
We have recently joined forces with Synapse and Youngcare to ask the Albanese Government to address this issue once and for all.
We have written to disability ministers across the country calling for the government to commit to stopping the flow of young people into aged care and provide a plan on how it will achieve this. And to commit to working with the sector on developing and executing that plan.
We are engaging with governments at all levels on this and encourage you to watch our social media to keep up to date with our advocacy in this space.