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This site has been set up for older and infirm Australians, their families, carers and friends – as well as those working in this sector – to share their experiences ahead of the Federal Government’s next moves on aged care regulation.

Your input will be invaluable as a way to let Canberra publicly know what the issues are at the coalface. You will be helping us show policymakers and politicians what really needs to be addressed.

If you browse through each of the site’s sections, you will get a feel for some of the issues raised by others. Each page has a conversation-starter and usually at least one link to a news story, report or other relevant information. Just click on the link above to have Your Say on Aged Care in Australia.

We invite negative and positive insights about residential, in-home or community aged care that you or a loved one has experienced. We also welcome input from those tasked with providing that care.

NOTE: Please read the Submission instructions before contributing.

This website is an initiative of Older People Speak Out, an all-volunteer group of retired and semi-retired professionals who advocate on behalf of Australians aged over 50 years. We are an independent, free-spirited group with the experience, knowledge and qualifications to speak out on older people’s issues without fear or favour. OPSO has been going strong for 25+ years and you can find out more about us at opso.com.au, where you can become a member for just $10 a year.

UPDATE: Now that a Royal Commission has been called into Aged Care, Older People Speak Out will be making a submission that includes the posts on this site.

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Improvement needed throughout process

Aged care assessments

We had an ACAT done for my father and then when we required additional services. A second service provider called on us and we had to go through everything again, distressing to my father, and the 2 ACAT documents caused confusion.

There should be one document and, if another service provider is brought into the mix, the previous document should be continued with. It would be preferable to deal with one service provider, rather than two.

Care in aged care facilities

Litany of issues with aged care ratios

I have a long paper trail of issues dealing with residential aged care and the lack of staff. I have heard recently that the government is asking for ratios to be accounted for in facilities. It is a huge problem, especially in the aged care industry.

The facility that I am dealing with never seems to have enough staff. I am finding that, during the time I spend with my husband at the facility, I am left to do things for him that are the staff’s responsibility.

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Isolated carer struggles to get a break

I am the sole carer for my terminally ill Australian husband (78). I am also new to Australia. Being “new” brings a whole string of problems: what to do, where to go, how to fill out the staggering stack of mandatory forms etc., etc.

I have been totally isolated for the past year with no “respite break” whatsoever and with no family or friends the strain on me is unimaginable!

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