Despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year I am delighted about the strong progress that is being made on several fronts towards our goal of keeping younger people out of aged care.
The long-awaited final report of the Aged Care Royal Commission provides great reason for optimism (see here).
We are working together with government towards implementation of the Australian Government’s Young People in Residential Aged Care Strategy, which will see no one aged under 65 in aged care by 2025. This is at the heart of the royal commission’s recommendations around young people with disability. After more than a decade of work we are no longer lobbying government for change but doing everything we can to support the federal government to achieve their measurable YPIRAC targets with clear timeframes.
Our work is becoming more reliant on the involvement and contributions of people with lived experience of disability, which we gather from people who work with us and through our targeted research.
Our continuing program of workshops and webinars across the country aims to address the growing need for empowered, informed consumers in this area. See the article here.
You can also read about some of the latest work by our policy and research teams in this edition.