|Social Welfare||CATHOLIC BODY PRAISES AGEING STRATEGY|
The government's national strategy for an ageing Australia holds great promise, particularly for the country's middle-aged, according to Catholic Health Australia (CHA).
CHA, the largest single non-government provider grouping of health and aged care services, welcomed the initiative describing it as constructive and far-sighted.
CHA's executive director, Francis Sullivan, said on June 8 that in the Year of the Older Person, it was particularly important for Australians to recognise their responsibility for ensuring that access to essential aged-care services was available for all who needed it, both now and in the future.
"The government's strategy is comprehensive and sensibly targets the aspirations of today's middle-aged," Mr Sullivan said.
"We now need to encourage their sense of responsibility to the wider community in order for the strategy to be properly financed into the future.
"It is time to properly debate and refine a long-term aged-care savings scheme to accompany this strategy."
Catholic Communications Adelaide 11:28am 16/6/99