HSU flags campaign to lobby for more aged care funding

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The ANMF isn’t the only union advocating to Government ahead of the Federal Budget.

The Australian is reporting that the Health Services Union is gearing up to bankroll a full election ad blitz depending on what comes out of the Budget and Labor’s Budget reply.

The HSU represents around 95,000 workers, with about 25% working in aged care, and last year ran a national campaign targeting swing seats.

NSW Health Services Union Secretary Gerard Hayes estimated that the home care system would need an extra $4.6 billion to clear the waiting list and provide higher level packages for those waiting on lower level packages.

“Scott Morrison and Richard Colbeck have a tsunami of need coming their way. They seem to think scrambling on to the closest sand dune will save them. It won’t,” he told the paper.

“Aged care jobs are underpaid, undervalued and overwhelmingly insecure, but they can and should be a pillar of working-class families and communities.”

“Aged care must become an industry people can rely upon to build a career, raise a family and contribute to society.”

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Lauren is the Editor at DCM Group and has guided its range of media including The Weekly SOURCE, The Daily RESOURCE and The Donaldson Sisters since 2016. With 13 years’ experience as a journalist, editor and commentator, Lauren is the only journalist to have attended every session of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, producing 300 issues of the subscriber-only The Daily COMMISSION which offers exclusive insights and analysis of the issues surrounding the Royal Commission and the aged care sector.