Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced Monday that the Commonwealth would take on full responsibility for the provision and regulation of all aged and community services, including a range of measures totaling A$739 million.

As reported in Australian Ageing Agenda, the announcement includes funding to support the cost of about 5000 new aged care beds, funding for sub-acute care beds in rural areas and incentives for doctors to provide services in aged care facilities.

Aged care peak bodies in Australia feel that while the range of initiatives are a good starting point, they do not address the fundamental problems facing the field.  Key is the need to address the crippling financial concerns of the aged care sector.