Older South Australians have an equal right to participate in social, economic and political aspects of life and to maintain control over their independence. The skills and life experience of seniors benefit the whole community and the economy.
A lifelong approach to active ageing should form the basis of policy for older South Australians, based on World Health Organisation (WHO) Active Ageing principles focusing on wellness, age-friendly environments, availability and accessibility of effective health care, and active participation in all aspects of community life.
The Greens believe that:
- The participation of seniors in our community life should be maximised and the contribution of their knowledge and experience should be valued.
- The State Government must play a central role in the provision, regulation and support of services for older Australians, such as housing, transport and care services
- Older South Australians, their carers and their families should have the right to choose appropriate and affordable care services that meet their needs and maintain their dignity, independence and quality of life.
- Access to high quality, appropriate health and aged care services should be on the basis of need and not the ability to pay or the place of residence.
- All people are entitled to a guaranteed adequate income, regardless of age.
- There should be no discrimination against seniors entering or remaining in the workforce.
- Australia’s diverse community calls for a range of ways to support older people to age in line with their beliefs, culture, language, sexuality, gender identity and their chosen support network.
- A focus on preventative health and early intervention can help older Australians maintain their mobility, well-being and participation and reduce the demand for chronic health services.
The Greens will:
- Strengthen anti-discrimination laws to address systemic age discrimination.
- Increase the number of rehabilitation facilities linked to hospitals to reduce the pressure on acute care beds
- Fund positive ageing centres to cater to the physical, social and mental well-being of seniors and their carers
- Work in partnership with all levels of government and seniors' organisations, service providers and academia, to develop research, policy and programs that enhance the health, participation and community engagement of older Australians
- Advocate for a guaranteed adequate income for all older people at a federal level.
- Protect and extend services and programs that are used and valued by seniors
- Establish a Policy Unit for Ageing to develop and implement policies for seniors across the whole of government
- Increase funding for community organisations representing and servicing seniors and their carers to provide free information, advice and advocacy services
- Expand the benefits of the Seniors Card.
- Fund programs that meet the mobility needs of seniors, including local and regional public transport and community bus services.
- Facilitate a range of affordable, appropriate and secure accommodation options, including public and social housing, to be available for older people, including those in regional and rural Australia.
- Establish measures to address the social and financial disadvantage and insecurity faced by older women, including in housing.
- Support a high quality aged care system characterised by quality support, nursing and personal care, with safe and comfortable surroundings for older people whether in residential, home or hospital care.
- Ensure that there are appropriate aged care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTI people, and other people from socially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- Establish appropriate support services for older people who choose to remain in their own homes, including community care programs and home modification.
- Focus on early intervention and preventive health to help older Australians maintain their mobility, well-being and participation, and reduce demand for health services.
- Improve workplace conditions for aged care workers, including support for improved wages and conditions and access to training.
- Improve employment outcomes for older Australians by supporting flexible work arrangements, skills development (including education and training opportunities) and older worker employment strategies.
- Review and amend the Return to Work legislation to ensure older workers are not disadvantaged.
- Advocate for Commonwealth funding and the implementation of mandated minimum staffing levels and skills mix in the aged care sector