More than 80 Canberrans gathered to discuss positive ageing initiatives at a forum hosted by the Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Julie Collins and the Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann last week.
Local seniors and community organisations shared the experiences and issues faced by older Canberrans and suggested ways to better support members of the community as they age.
Older Canberrans are frustrated by the difficulty in navigating the My Aged Care portal to access aged care information and services.
Some participants described their experience of the aged care system as “impossible”, “traumatic” and “an absolute nightmare”. Others were concerned about the inconsistency in quality of care as well as a lack of transparency and information regarding fees.
There were concerns about the aged care system complaints process that was viewed by many as ineffective, inadequate and unable to resolve disputes.
Participants also expressed concern at the Turnbull Government stripping away the Energy Supplement from the pension.
While community organisations encourage older Canberrans to stay active and engaged in society, it is clear they are doing this on their own, in the absence of any positive ageing strategy from the Turnbull Government.
Labor’s vision is very different. It is one that recognises value in senior members of the community and the contribution they make to our society.
Labor holds these forums to hear from the community to help us deliver a positive ageing agenda that will better reflect the needs of older Canberrans.