1 May 2013

Aged care funding increase seen as not enough

5:12 pm on 1 May 2013

A group that represents operators in the aged care sector says increased Government spending in the sector is not enough.

The Government has made a pre-Budget announcement, saying it will invest $70 million over the next four years in dementia and aged care.

The Aged Care Association said that once the funding is divided, there will be an increase of only 0.89% in money for rest home and hospital care.

Chief executive Martin Taylor said while it is good to get something when the economy is so tight, the level of underfunding is not being reduced.

However, he said the Government's increased spending on dementia beds and related programmes is welcome, and the gap in underfunding in that sector is closing.

The Service and Food Workers Union also said the funding is too little. National secretary John Ryall said the sector is screaming out for a boost and what's been announced will barely lift wages by 1%.