Friday, 10 August 2012

Respect and choice: A human rights approach for ageing and health

Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has released the Australian Human Rights Commission's paper, Respect and choice: A human rights approach for ageing and health.

"Australia's health system and aged care sectors are about to expand dramatically, to take account of the longer lives we are living," said Commissioner Ryan. "Our position paper outlines a human rights approach for the implementation the federal government's new aged care reform package, Living Longer Living Better."

While welcoming this new package with its increases in assistance, particularly for home based care, Commissioner Ryan said it was important that these new arrangements were built on a human rights approach. "By adopting a human rights approach, we will be able to expect services that are available, accessible, appropriate and of good quality," Commissioner Ryan said. "We also want to see effective monitoring mechanisms and ensure accountability."

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