Ageing and aged care initiatives need greater support
Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan has called for the Government to give greater support to initiatives that provide leadership in care for the aged.
Ms McGowan today paid tribute to Mr John Richards of Yarrawonga, whose financial support allowed the creation of the John Richards Initiative into Ageing and Aged Care in Rural Communities. The research program is based at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus and this year marks 10 years since its inception.
“Mr Richards’ vision to support aged care research in North East Victoria has been backed by generous and ongoing donations to La Trobe University. The Government needs to partner with rural communities, just as Mr Richards has done, to make a difference in the lives of older people,” Ms McGowan said.
“There is an enormous resource of experience and wisdom among our older people. They have given us so much; they have paid their taxes and made this country what it is today. We must give back to them to ensure their safety and wellbeing and provide for a maximum quality of life in their later years. We must confirm our respect and value of our older people.
“One of the key messages emerging from the Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation is recognition of our ageing population to ensure the provision of care and the opportunity of utilising this untapped resource.
“There is a need for increased investment in the aged care workforce. Further research will be needed to ensure the best care is provided and we can maximise the opportunities that come with the Australian population’s increased longevity.”