COTA Queensland welcomes the announcement of funding to ten not-for-profit organisations who will receive about $493 million over five years to establish a new network of 16 Carer Gateway service to support the important work of the nation’s unpaid carers.
COTA Queensland, in partnership with Health Consumers Queensland, Palliative Care Queensland and Carers Queensland, have listened to almost 400 older people living in different parts of the state and with different life experiences over the last six months. Some key concerns and ‘calls for help’ shared by community members during this recent engagement will be addressed through this new program.
In addition to carer information and support, other concerns such as being listened to and involved as partners in care decisions, access to quality and timely care and support, and choice around that care were named as areas causing high stress and distress for carers, and impacting care and wellbeing of their loved one as well as their own health and wellbeing. COTA Queensland continues to advocate through a range of avenues on issues and solutions raised, including through the current Queensland Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Senator the Hon Anne Ruston’s media release is accessible here.