Media Release by Senator the Hon Kay Patterson

National Ageing and Disability Conference

This year’s ACROD 2nd National Ageing and Disability Conference in Hobart brought together experts in the disability and carer fields to discuss issues facing older Australian carers and those with a disability.

Speaking at the successful two day conference, themed Passion, Power and Practice, the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, said all participants showed a common commitment to improving the lives of people with a disability and their carers.

“The Howard Government also shares this commitment, and works closely on this and other related issues with people with disabilities, their families, carers and representatives,” Senator Patterson said.

“With longer life expectancies and the changing expectations of people with a disability and their carers, all levels of government, the disability sector and the community need to work together to ensure that the increased lifespan of people with a disability results in positive and innovative responses.

“Holding this second conference on ageing and disability reflects the sector’s recognition that planning needs to be put into place for these changing needs.

“In developing responses such as these, we value the input from organisations like ACROD, community organisations, those working in the disability sector as well as from families, carers and people with disabilities.

“In about a week’s time, I will be meeting with Community and Disability Services Ministers from across Australia to discuss care options for people with a disability, who are being cared for by older carers.

“The Howard Government is committed to developing effective responses to disability and ageing, we’ve already made positive progress and we are determined to build on it,” Senator Patterson said.