MEDIA RELEASE: MYEFO confirms aged care commitments but structural aged care reforms must continue in next Budget

16 December 2019
Today’s MYEFO statement will facilitate current aged care reforms while the Aged Care Royal Commission continues its work, but major structural reform is needed to fix the aged care system so it works properly.

Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s inquiry on the Interfaces between the aged care and the health care system

6 December 2019, COTA Submissions
The Royal Commission has identified that in its upcoming hearing to be held in Canberra 9 – 13 December it will investigate the interfaces between the aged care and health care systems. COTA believes improvements to the interface between healthcare and aged care systems are essential.

MEDIA RELEASE: Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report provides Government the mandate to commence transformation by December MYEFO

31 October 2019
Australia’s peak body of older Australians, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, today congratulated the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on its “Interim Report: Neglect”, which has recognised not only the neglect of older people within the aged care system, but also the neglect

MEDIA RELEASE: First reduction in Home Care wait lists is good news but waiting times remain totally unacceptable and action is essential

18 September 2019
COTA Australia welcomed the first ever reduction in numbers of people waiting for Home Care Packages (HCP) but said there are still far too many older Australians waiting more than 18 months for care, while around 43 per day die while waiting.

MEDIA RELEASE: Older Australians in desperate need of care don’t count in either Leader’s vision for Australia’s future, or even the present, while they die waiting.

9 May 2019
The absence of any mention of aged care in last night’s Leader’s Debate is profoundly offensive to the more than 125,000 older Australians, and the more than 1,000,000 members of their families, waiting for a home care package, many of whom die while waiting.

MEDIA RELEASE: COTA Australia commends whole-of-government approach to tackling elder abuse

19 March 2019
COTA Australia, today welcomed the launch by Attorney General Christian Porter of the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians, including the rollout of a new national, elder abuse free call number and a series of national trials of frontline services.

MEDIA RELEASE: COTA welcomes Greens recognition that fixing aged care requires a quantum shift in policy and resources

19 March 2019
COTA Australia, today welcomed the Greens’ statement on aged care released today which calls for a human rights approach to aged care policy and major increases in funding for home care and staffing.

MEDIA ALERT: Royal Commission into Aged Care – Transcript and witness statement from Ian Yates, CE of COTA Australia now available

12 February 2019
Chief Executive of COTA Australia, Ian Yates, appeared yesterday as one of the earliest witnesses on the first day of public hearings for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety in Adelaide. The witness statement and transcript from his appearance are now available.