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‘Worse than we thought’: Labor says urgent reform needed to fix aged care crisis

Anika Wells says government has inherited ‘an absolute mess’ and will need to manage sector’s short-term pressures and long-term financial viability

Aged care in Australia needs “urgent reform as quickly as possible” alongside an overhaul of the funding model to ensure the sector remains financially viable, the new minister for aged care, Anika Wells, says.

Describing the current situation for the sector as a “crisis”, Wells said the federal government was already supporting a number of providers to remain open given the current pressures on the system, where the majority of providers are operating at a loss.

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