Catholic Health Australia has been buoyed by political support for its Fight For Better Aged Care campaign and is vowing to keep the pressure on whichever party wins government this weekend.
The campaign has been targeting key marginal electorates — Boothby, Hasluck, Swan, and Dobell — to call on candidates to commit publicly to working to improve remuneration and training in the aged care sector.
A number of key church sector and political leaders have publicly thrown their support behind the campaign.
“The Fight for Better Aged Campaign has helped put and keep aged care on the election map over recent weeks, but we have no intention of letting up after Saturday,” Catholic Health Australia chief Pat Garcia said.
“We will be making sure that whoever wins government understand that we need better pay to drive recruitment and retention, and better training to improve care for residents. Staff at our aged care homes are working hard and doing the absolute best they can but they need support from their political leaders.”
Mr Garcia also urged members of the community to get behind the Fight for Better Aged Care campaign.
“We need the support of everyone living in the region. Those of you with parents in homes who see the conditions too many people live in, carers who are desperately waiting for support, and all of us who will one day need care and to be treated with dignity,” Mr Garcia said.
“Older Australians built this country. They gave us the prosperity and fairness that makes Australia such an excellent place to live. We owe it to them to properly fund aged care, so they can enjoy dignity and comfort in retirement.”
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