Aged care policy briefing by Senator Mitch Fifield

Aged care policy briefing by Senator Mitch Fifield

Mar 31
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Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services
Professor Hal Kendig, Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)

Event Overview

Join CEDA for an exclusive presentation by the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, on the forward policy agenda for Aged Care and the NDIS.

A brief snapshot of the aged care sector shows it is under increasing pressure as demand for services grows. At least $12.9 billion was spent by the Australian and state and territory governments on services in 2011-12, a figure that continues to rise. It is estimated that by 2050, people over the age of 65 will represent a quarter of Australia's population, seeing greater demand for age pensions and health services, resulting in a need for higher health spending.

As the primary funder of health and aged care services in Australia, the Commonwealth is confronted with a funding challenge stemming from not just an ageing population, but a growing population and one that demands access to high quality, increasingly sophisticated services.  Furthermore, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues a staged roll-out across Australia giving much needed support to people with permanent disabilities and their families and carers.

The challenge confronting governments is to meet the needs of the ageing, and permanently disabled in fiscally constrained times - not just for now, but also as demands increase in the future. This challenge is real and increasingly urgent.


Meet the speakers

Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield
Assistant Minister for Social Services

Mitch Fifield was sworn in as a Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament on 1 April 2004 and re-elected at the 2007 and 2013 elections. He was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Social Services on 16 September 2013 with responsibility for disability and ageing. He also serves as a member of the Government Leadership Group and the Senate Leadership team as Manager of Government Business in the Senate. Prior to being appointed as Minister, Mitch served for four years as the Shadow for Disabilities and Carers.

Professor Hal Kendig
Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)

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