|Social Welfare||CATHOLICS LAUNCH HEALTH AGENCY|
The leaders and owners of 680 Catholic health, aged and community care services have formed Catholic Health Australia as a peak sector organisation.
The organisation is the result of a three year strategic analysis of hospital, health care, residential aged care and community care services run by the largest group of non-government health and community service providers in Australia.
The new agency, which reconstitutes the Australian Catholic Health Care Association, will oversee the national direction of the health and aged care ministry.
The body has welcomed the Federal Government's National Strategy for an Aging Australia launched recently by Aged Care Minister Bronwyn Bishop.
CHA executive director, Francis Sullivan, said in the Year of the Older Person, it was important for Australians to recognise their responsibility for ensuring access to essential aged care services was available for all who needed it and said the strategy was comprehesive.
Cath Weekly 12:16pm 18/6/99