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Paul McDermott Conference MC
Ms Noeline Brown Ambassador for Ageing
Paul Higgins Emergent Futures
Peter Kenyon Bank of I.D.E.A.S.
Jean Paul Bell Arts Health Institute & humour-manitarian!
Danielle Buckley Gen Y
Ryley Blatt Paralympian
Ray Martin Special Guest Speaker at the Gala Dinner
As well as sessions on Aged Care Reform, the NDIS launch
experience, an expert panel discussion, workshops,
cocktail event, Gala dinner and more!
COTA National Policy Forum at Canberra Press club
Carol Bennett, Consumer Health Forum CEO.
the Research and Resource
Centre for the Association of
Superannuation Funds Australia
(ASFA), said baby boomers want
more than previous generations
of retirees in terms of both life
expectancy and income.
But he said it was wise to
listen to the advice of the Rolling
Stones with their iconic hit -- 'You
can't always get what you want'.
"But if you try sometimes you find
you get what you need."
He said drily that the song
encapsulated the reality of lived
experience, which often began
with optimism, moved through
disillusionment and settled
into 'resigned pragmatism'.
Being brutally pragmatic, he
said that non-home owners in the
private rental market would need
$500,000 in savings to survive
post retirement, a scenario
predicted to affect around
600,000 low income women.
Elsewhere in the program, the
election panel provided a platform
for new Minister for Mental Health
and Ageing, Senator Jacinta
Collins to discuss and debate
policy alongside opposition
spokespeople, Senator Bishop
and Senator Rachel Siewert. The
Minister said she was open to
further enhancements of the Living
Longer Living Better reform
package, especially in relation to
better consumer advocacy and
Senator Bronwyn Bishop,
Opposition spokesperson for
Seniors, said she wants it to be
just as offensive to be ageist as it
is to be sexist or racist.
Greens spokesperson on
ageing, Senator Rachel Siewert,
was strongly supportive of
consistent legislation across
the country regarding advance
Referring to the elderly people
receiving care from aged services
providers, Ian Yates emphasised
that service providers are not
the advocates for consumers
receiving their services and
cannot speak for them.
"People have made their own
decisions all their lives and they
want to continue to do so as they
age and the system needs to
"Consumers' interests and
providers' interests are different
and they have to be," he said.
"They may overlap sometimes
but they are not the same."
CEO of the Consumer Health
Forum, Carol Bennett, was critical
of the lack of accountability of the
health system in Australia, pointing
to the dearth of measurement and
reporting on health outcomes and
the consumer experience of care.
She delivered an important
reminder that the system exists
for the outcomes it provides
"To improve care we must
enact the values and rhetoric of
putting consumers at the centre
of health care.
"Part of the solution is to hold
the system to account -- to measure
and report on health outcomes
and the consumer experience of
care. The major barriers to change
are current vested interests and
inertia," she said. n
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