Aged care concerns

8 July 2019

Territorians deserve an increase in aged care facilities and services, and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety should consider the regional and remote factors in which many Territorians live.

Deputy Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said the Opposition would be making a submission to the Royal Commission reflecting the importance of Territorians accessing the same level of service as other Australians.

"We have great concerns about the lack of access to adequate aged care in the Northern Territory, particularly as the Gunner Labor Government continually handballs the issue to the Federal Government," she said.

"They always abrogate their responsibilities in this area where they should be working harder with the Commonwealth."

Mrs Finocchiaro said Labor’s own position paper titled Healthy, Strong Communities states it will:

‘Expand the number of aged care beds to reduce bed block through partnerships with the private sector and improve the quality of care being provided in aged care by establishing registered nurse to patient ratios.’

She also said the Territory had a small population base and therefore the traditional aged care model was not one which necessarily fits with our needs.

"We hope the Commission pays close attention to the particular examples of care and challenges they’ll hear about during the week," Mrs Finocchiaro said.

"The Northern Territory is unique, and the delivery of adequate aged care facilities and services will require the Commission to consider possible alternative approaches."