Bupa: Royal Commission a 'once-in-a-generation opportunity'

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Bupa ANZ CEO Hisham El-Ansary says the final report of the Aged Care Royal Commission is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for true industry reform.

The report released earlier this week included 148 recommendations for reform of current aged care arrangements.

Bupa said it supports recommendations to increase funding, improve the quality of care and strengthen the workforce.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded to the final report by announcing the federal government's initial $452.2 million response.

This initial funding will go towards strengthening aged care provider governance and improved oversight of home care. It will also provide additional financial assistance for residential care providers and to building the related workforce.

“We welcome this report as an important step in addressing the challenges in aged care, with the view to support better care for older Australians, focused on their individual needs, health and wellbeing, and ultimately a sustainable future for the sector,” said Mr El-Ansary.

“Comprehensive, holistic action needs to be taken to improve the aged care sector. This Report represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to come together and commit to providing older Australians with the high-quality care and dignity they deserve, now and into the future.”

Mr El-Ansary continued, “The Commissioners have produced a comprehensive proposal for reform and we support the Government’s commitment, outlined today, to transforming aged care.

“The challenge will be ensuring this results in a genuine and lasting difference to older people and our community – of which industry is a critical part – to meet the evolving needs of an ageing population.”

Mr El-Ansary said Bupa welcomed the focus on residential care in both the final report and the government’s initial response.

“Recent investment in the sector has supported people who increasingly want to stay in their homes for as long as possible, but we also need to recognise that residential care homes remain an important adjunct for many Australians. As our population ages and care needs increase, residential care is often the only option for many.

“We are pleased to see residential aged care quality, safety and sustainability listed as key pillars in the Government’s response to the Report,” said Mr El-Ansary.

“With thousands of older Australians entrusted to Bupa’s care, we are committed to continuing to make the necessary changes and building on the work we have already begun to ensure our residents always feel supported in our homes.”