Australia is ageing as rapidly as the rest of the world and the Labour-dominated Senate is ready to help the aged care sector meet the needs of the elderly.

According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Senate is recommending the creation of a national aged care forum to conduct an all encompassing review of aged care services and examine both current and future challenges in the field.

The Senate also called for a review of aged care funding indexation, a ‘stress test’ to determine the sector’s financial well being and an analysis to benchmark the real cost of care provision.

ACSA and ACAA, IAHSA’s Australian chapters, welcome the move by the Senate for comprehensive reform of aged care and an analysis of the true cost of providing care.