To: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Play fair with our home care: keep it council run

Stop messing with a system that works. Features that make Victoria’s home care system the nation’s best will disappear when funding certainty ends in 2020. The risks associated with deregulation, privatisation and cold competition principles need not be applied to the care of our elderly, ill or disabled friends and relatives. #PlayFairwithHomeCare

Why is this important?

Council-run home care enables those in need to live independently at home for as long possible by providing domestic assistance; personal care; respite care; property maintenance; nursing and allied health and social support. The workforce is stable, well trained and committed to providing quality services.

Federal policy changes due to come into effect in 2020 threaten the Victorian home care system.

Without local government our home care would be poorer - poorer in quality standards, poorer for lack of skilled and experienced workforce and poorer for the loss of $200 million in funding. It is not too late to make policy changes that will protect our system.

FEEDBACK ON THE CURRENT SYSTEM:

“I’m not as fit as I used to be and now the council provide a cleaner to help me out but it is the company we old folk get from the staff that attend. You need just see a friendly face and cheery hello, it makes such a difference, we have no one to talk to most days. So the council staff really work miracles. ”

“It has been very difficult for my sister to look after my dad who has dementia in the South Australian HACC system which is decentralized. If anything there has been more cut backs and limited support – unless you have the money to pay. Victoria’s council run services are so much better. People who have home carers are able to stay in their own homes and receive better quality care and the carers have better support networks. Councils are vital in funding and staffing.”

“I really think it is so important the Council continue to play a role in home care for our community. I’m concerned that this new model will look like the RESI Youth Care System which failed. Council’s have highly skilled staff to run Home and Community Care.”

“The chap Arthur who takes us shopping on Thursday is a very good man, he lifts all the shopping on and off the bus and the young lady Emily is the name, she takes us to a market even sometimes with Arthur. There we stroll around with our friends from the bus and have a cup of tea. Yes these people you have on your staff are really something and this we thank Council for. The bus comes to your door and you see the cheery faces of the helpers, it makes your day.”

#PlayFairwithHomeCare


Reasons for signing

  • we have to fight for keeping our working conditions
  • Keeping people at home for as long as possible to retain their sense of independence is so important for everyone's mental and emotional health.
  • to safe jobs

Updates

2017-07-15 20:03:22 +1000

People don't take kindly to Council's robbing our community of jobs and quality home care, as they're finding out at South Gippsland Shire Council.
http://www.asuvictas.com.au/headlines/18-local-authorities/1019-ceo-puts-on-a-show.html

2017-07-13 16:45:20 +1000

Once promoting an age-friendly South Gippsland, the Shire Council have now begun the process of stripping vulnerable residents of their home and community care services. Blaming possible federal funding changes that aren’t planned until 2020, they’ve jumped at the chance to transition clients out of their care.
http://www.asuvictas.com.au/headlines/18-local-authorities/1018-council-sells-out-staff-and-vulnerable-residents.html

2017-07-11 18:32:34 +1000

People around the world are reclaiming essential services from private operators and bringing their delivery back into the public sphere. We should not resign ourselves to paying ever higher tariffs for services of an ever lower standard, and that service workers have no choice but to accept ever more degraded conditions.
http://www.asuvictas.com.au/images/documents/downloads/reclaiming_public_services.pdf

2017-07-03 06:20:05 +1000

Our home care workers hit Canberra meeting with dozens of politicians urging them to #playfairwithhomecare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KINqauGL2DE

2017-06-20 13:09:02 +1000

100 signatures reached

2017-06-15 11:15:46 +1000

50 signatures reached

2017-06-14 12:20:04 +1000

25 signatures reached

2017-06-14 10:27:15 +1000

10 signatures reached

2017-06-10 17:40:06 +1000

Drop us a line at info@asuvictas.com.au if you have some feedback on your experience with council home care.
http://www.asuvictas.com.au/images/images/5992d.jpg

2017-06-10 17:08:05 +1000

Turnbull's budget only allows for funding until 2020. We say that's not good enough.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjEOtf5XKz0