A new national alliance to advocate for older Australians has been formed by some of country’s leading aged care providers.
The Masonic Care Alliance includes members from every state and territory, and will cover key concerns for older Australians including housing affordability, quality of services, access to care, protection of personal savings and choice of services. The new alliance is made up of member organisations including Masonic Care WA, The Whiddon Group, Royal Freemasons Vic., Star Aged Living, Masonic Care Queensland, Masonic Home Retirement Living and Masonic Care Northern Tasmania.
Ms Lee-ann Irwin, CEO of not-for-profit organisation The Whiddon Group and President of the Masonic Care Alliance, said the key concerns brought up by the Alliance were concerns brought to her by clients across The Whiddon Group’s residential, community care and independent living services.
“The Alliance is committed to continue working with Government to achieve the best possible outcome for all older Australians concerned about these issues” she said.
“What we hope to achieve here is recognition of the huge contribution that aged care and low cost housing providers make to the lives of ordinary Australians. It is essential that the needs of these organisations are taken into account over and above the dollars and cents that it costs to provide these essential services, the sustainability aspect is critical and is often overlooked in short term planning,” said Ms Irwin.
The Alliance will be supporting peak aged care bodies including LASA (Leading Age Services Australia) and ACSA (Aged & Community Services Australia) and look to form strategic partnerships with other Masonic groups in New Zealand.