The Central Goldfields Shire Council is one of 10 councils who have made a joint submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Endorsed at last month’s ordinary council meeting, the submission outlines the Loddon Mallee Group of Councils’ (LMGC) concerns regarding the impact of reforms on the quality of aged care in rural and regional shires and advocates for the development of policy and funding that ensure quality and equitable service delivery in the region.
The 10 councils which comprise the LMGC are Buloke, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander shire councils, as well as the City of Greater Bendigo, Mildura and Swan Hill rural city councils.
The submission notes the need for reform in the aged care sector, however outlines concerns for the communities access to affordable and high quality home support services in the current and emerging reform environment and the “unfair and inequitable burden” placed on regional and rural councils by the same reforms.
Central Goldfields Shire general manager community wellbeing Martin Collins said council found a “high degree of commonality” with other councils regarding the reforms to aged care services councils provide.
“Our concern across the group is that our most vulnerable people continue to get the support that they need, when they need it in their homes,” he said.
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