Aged care peak bodies back Federal Government’s Council of Elders

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The Australian Aged Care Collaboration (AACC) said the Federal Government’s formation of the Aged Care Council of Elders is an important step forward.

The AACC, which is a group of aged care bodies – Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA), Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Health Australia, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and UnitingCare Australia – said the announcement by Health and Aged Care Minister Greg Hunt supports the recommendation from the Aged Care Royal Commission that the sector must put older people at the centre of everything it does.

The Aged Care Council of Elders is purported to consult with older Australians from across the country on aged care and related issues and report back to Mr Hunt and Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Minister, Senator Richard Colbeck, as well as advising the National Aged Care Advisory Council and the Department of Health.

If you or someone you know would like to nominate for the Council of Elders, you can find more information here. But get in quick – nominations will close on Friday, with the membership of the Aged Care Council of Elders to be announced later this year.