Today Abigail successfully passed a motion calling on the Government to commit to better supporting older persons through policy and sustainable funding, and recognising 1 October 2021 as International Day of Older Persons.
Ms ABIGAIL BOYD (10:04): I move:
(1) That this House notes that:
(a) Friday 1 October 2021 was International Day of Older Persons, a day which celebrates the important contributions that older people make to society, and raises awareness for the societal barriers and difficulties older people face in everyday life;
(b) the New South Wales aged-care health workforce plays a significant role in maintaining and improving the health and wellbeing of older persons;
(c) the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate and severe impact on older persons and on the aged care sector; and
(d) additional barriers disproportionately affect vulnerable older persons, including those who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQI+, culturally and linguistically diverse and/or those who live in regional, rural or remote communities.
(2) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to support the health and wellbeing of older persons through robust policy targeted at raising awareness for the special needs of older persons and sustainable funding for the aged-care sector including sufficient training for all aged-care staff.
The full transcript can be found in Hansard, here.