Aged care forums in the Cowper electorate draw up to 500 people

Stay put: Cowper MP Luke Haartsuyker says feedback at the Aged Care Forums was that senior Australians want to remain living in their family home as long as possible.
Stay put: Cowper MP Luke Haartsuyker says feedback at the Aged Care Forums was that senior Australians want to remain living in their family home as long as possible.

There’s no doubt that with Australia’s aging population, aged care is going to be a policy area that will need constant attention in Australia’s future.

On Friday, I hosted Aged Care Forums at The Westport Club in Port Macquarie, and the South West Rocks Country Club in South West Rocks, with the Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP.

The response from the community was overwhelming, and I had to close RSVPs early for both events when the venues reached capacity.

About 500 senior Australians attended the forums to share their views on Australia’s aged care sector. 

The Mid-North Coast is a great place to live and that’s why a lot of people choose to retire here. Nearly 25 per cent, or about 40,000, of the 159,000 people who live in Cowper electorate are aged 65 years and older.

That is why it’s essential the changes we make to the aged care system can sustain the growing demand right across the Mid-North Coast.

Australians are living longer than ever before and senior Australians want greater control, choice and flexibility when it comes to their care.

It was clear through feedback at the forum that more senior Australians want to remain living in their family home for as long as possible. They want to stay in their community where life is familiar and they are surrounded by friends and family.

And that’s why forums like this one are so important. The forums will inform the ongoing consultation for aged care and help guide the Coalition government’s policy platform.

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 the government will be investing a record $100 billion in their care.

If you would like a copy of my Aged Pension Guide, or information on the My Aged Care system, please contact my office on 6652 6233 or via email at Luke.Hartsuyker.MP@aph.gov.au