ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT:
CATHOLIC Health Australia is pleased to see Mental Health and Ageing Minister
Mark Butler today issue a draft “roadmap” for mental health reform over the next
10 years, and now waits eagerly for a similar way forward to be presented for
aged care reform.
“Like mental health, aged care has been named as a priority area for the
Government, and both are worthy of that status,” CHA chief executive Martin
Catholic Health Australia’s network of health and aged care providers offer
mental health services ranging from post-natal care to support for people with
dementia, and will work with the Government through the consultation phase.
“Today’s release of the draft Ten-Year Roadmap for National Mental Health
Reform sets the stage for what the Government hopes to achieve. The aged care
sector is eagerly anticipating an equivalent forward-looking vision for its
CHA is one of several health and aged care agencies to have listed aged care
reform as their priority for 2012. There is a great deal of anticipation that
what Mr Laverty calls “lengthy and necessary consultation” that has taken place
over the past couple of years will finally yield firm commitments from the
Government in this year’s Budget.
“The aged care sector is keen to see leadership demonstrated on this issue
and a clear path, shaped by the widely supported recommendations of the
Productivity Commission, is needed in the coming months.”
Mr Laverty said aged care providers have been united in their determination
to give ageing Australians more choice when it comes to their care, allow easier
access to the system and have a sector that is financially sustainable.
“These are the three priorities that we have presented to the Government and
to the wider Parliament. We call on politicians of all parties to work together
to build a system around those priorities,” Mr Laverty said.
“The mental health roadmap is welcomed and is important, but I think its
release will have people in the aged care sector wondering ‘Where’s ours?’”