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We’re not waiting for government: providers

Aged care sector in Tasmania meets to determine its own future

Tasmanian aged care providers have agreed a state wide strategy for building sustainability is needed to ensure they can continue to provide services.

At a recent meeting of providers, convened by Aged and Community Services Tasmania, providers agreed to examine models that could be applied in the future.

At the meeting, which was attended by over 40 participants, representing 80 per cent of providers, providers agreed the current system is not working and is not sustainable.

“Tasmania is vulnerable due to its size, position and profile. The sector in Tasmanian will not wait for government and others, but will act positively and together in securing services for older Tasmanians,” Darren Mathewson, CEO of Aged and Community Services Tasmania, told INsite.

The meeting followed a strategy which began last year to examine options to build a sustainable aged care sector in a small island state like Tasmania, with its regional characteristics and specific challenges, Mathewson said.

Providers also discussed the key trends and drivers in aged care, the achievements and challenges in delivering services in the state, ideas for moving the sector forward and government reform and what providers can do.

“The current system is not working and not sustainable,” said Mathewson.

“Tasmanian providers are prepared to look at the models that could be applied in the future and will come back together this year after examination of the options and look at constructing an agreed path for action.”

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