Following the recent federal budget announcement, the Continence Foundation of Australia is calling for further action to support the millions of Australians, like those at Wyndham, who live with incontinence despite investments in the elderly and nursing sectors. Health care.
The federal government pledged $468.3 million over five years in the budget to accommodate changes required as a result of the Royal Commission on the Quality and Safety of Care for the Elderly, as well as to improve and continue reforms in progress from the previous year’s budget.
While welcoming many of the announced funding initiatives, the Continence Foundation believes there is room for improvement to include incontinence care and management as well as workforce education. in the benefits of the budget.
With incontinence affecting more than five million Australians, ranging from a small leak to complete loss of bowel or bladder control, the Continence Foundation is the not-for-profit and the leading national prevention organization, incontinence management, education, awareness, information and advocacy.
“Incontinence affects more than half of Australians, and 50% of people with incontinence say it affects their mental health,” says Rowan Cockerell, CEO of the Continence Foundation of Australia.
“Urgent action is needed as we know the number of Australians living with incontinence will be over 6.2 million by 2030,” she says.
Budget funds are directed to initiatives such as improving medication management administration for residents of aged care facilities ($345.7 million) and additional clinical placements for students in the sector and the expansion of a training program to new sites ($32.8 million).
Funds have also been allocated for changes, including the creation of a fund inviting states and territories to propose the trial of new models of care for residential care facilities for the elderly ($22.1 million). and expanding provisions for third-party quality assessors to conduct seniors’ residential assessments. care site audits ($18.3 million).
Healthcare personnel also received $150.4 million to support regional and rural medical training, as well as more than $50 million to support aeromedical services for remote and rural communities.
Additional funds were also announced for various sectors, including medical research, women’s health, education and rural health.
The Continence Foundation believes that training and education about incontinence care and management is essential to the budget’s health care promises.
He believes that improving workforce capacity will improve the quality of life for people living with incontinence, reduce preventable health complications and unnecessary hospitalizations, and delay entry to care facilities for the elderly.
The immediate priorities of the Continence Foundation are:
National leadership to set the agenda for incontinence care and support through systemic change and evidence-based support and care.
Increase the availability of specialized continence services and trained health professionals.
Build workforce capacity in the health, aging and disability sectors to support people with incontinence.
For more information about the Continence Foundation of Australia, visit www.continence.org.au.