Mid North Coast seniors voiced their views today at a forum in South West Rocks with the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, and local member, Luke Hartsuyker.
“These forums are a great way to meet senior Australians and to hear directly from them about what they expect from our aged care system,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Australians are living longer than ever before and senior Australians want greater control, choice and flexibility when it comes to their care.”
Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said it’s clear that more senior Australians want to remain living in their family home for as long as possible.
“People who grow up, go to school and work in rural and regional Australia are no exception,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“They want to stay in their community where life is familiar and they are surrounded by friends and family.
“The Mid North Coast is a great place to live and that’s why a lot of people retire here. It’s essential that the changes we make to the aged care system can sustain the growing demand in the area.”
“We will continue to listen to people’s views as these reforms are developed and implemented,” Minister Wyatt said. “Forums like this one in South West Rocks will help to inform the ongoing consultation process.
“The safety, welfare and happiness of all senior Australians is one of the highest priorities of the Australian Government, and over the next five years we will be investing a record $100 billion in their care.”