IN Federal Parliament on August 26, the Prime Minister declared that most people living in residential care are there for a short period only before they die.
He considered residential care as akin to palliative care. His statement was based on his experience of his father’s death.
I do not wish to be disrespectful of his loss, however, his declaration highlighted his ignorance of the reality of aged care.
A significant number of older people live in residential care for many years.
I have an acquaintance now 102 who has lived in a Launceston aged care facility for over a decade.
Several of her neighbours in the home similarly have resided there for years.
This is the situation in most residential facilities. Life in most homes is not about palliative care. It is about living a good life thanks to the care provided.
The PM’s ignorance is outshone by his ability to bend the truth.
Only this week when questioned regarding COVID-19 in Victoria he stated that the public health system was responsible for aged care and the COVID-19 outbreaks in residential care not the Commonwealth.
Not so, PM. You and your government hold sole responsibility, particularly for what has gone wrong within the aged-care system. Is the public aware of this Prime Minister’s frequent propensity to bend the truth and refusal to accept responsibility for his mistakes?
Dr Kim Wylie, Prospect Vale.
‘You don’t have to use it’
I AM 81 years old, fairly healthy and in favour of voluntary assisted dying for me if ever needed.
If I, my loving family, my minister and my doctor all agree with me, who are the total strangers (heartless) to decide for me, particularly on religious grounds.
VAD is not as suggested, suicide for depression but rather a considered action by people who have given it a lot of thought.
Please let it pass and don’t use it if you don’t agree, but don’t decide for others because you don’t have a right.
Marlene Bruinewood, Kings Meadows.
Invermay traffic congestion
I agree with past responses regarding the traffic congestion which will occur on Goderich Street. With the amount of heavy vehicles using this highway and the new industries being built in the area it will become too congested. It is time the State Growth starts planning the Eastern bypass to take traffic away from Launceston.
Alf Waters, Hillwood.
Nothing has changed
I watched a movie on Netflix based on a true story called Marshall that had all the actions that have been attributed to race riots in America and other parts of the world. Racism, slavery, police and white supremacy violence towards African Americans, animosity towards those supporting African Americans, a legal system against natural justice for African Americans and so on, all the things that the Black Lives Matter cause is trying to understandably eradicate from the community. However, the events depicted in this movie happened in 1940 in America so, sadly, nothing has changed to this day.
Alan Leitch, Austins Ferry.
Suicide Commissioner a Vital Step
MATES4Mates has welcomed new legislation from the government, bringing the establishment of a National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention one step closer. At Mates4Mates, we see first-hand the impact of mental health issues on veterans and their families, and the risk of suicide, and will continue to support steps being taken to combat this.
Over the past year, the discussion and awareness around suicide among veterans has been gaining momentum, locally and nationally, but we know there’s still more work to be done in this space to ensure suicides are reduced. Right now, the need is more important than ever, with some veterans experiencing increased levels of distress and isolation due to COVID-19.
No one military personnel, veterans, or everyday Australians should have to go through mental illness alone and our thoughts remain with all families and individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide.
At Mates4Mates, we will continue to work hard to support veterans and their families and we encourage locals to reach out in times of need. For support, phone Mates4Mates on 1300 462 837, speak with a trusted GP or call Open Arms or Lifeline.
Troy Watson, CEO, Mates4Mates.
A lack of inspiring politicians
ONE despairs of politicians ever making sensible decisions. Do they belong to a quasi-religious sect of contrarians?
Are they supporters of some crazy conspiracy theory?
Have they spent too long at the party silos? Is there a deafness-inducing vaccination program for parliamentarians?
Apart from the border closure, there is little to inspire confidence in the present crop, on both sides of the house.
The Liberals think that a bulldozer is the best transport to the next election. Labor seems to have a collective deathwish.
The Greens are still lost in the wilderness.
Let’s not be dazzled by multi-million dollar spending on hard infrastructure.
The soft infrastructure of services will employ more people, and build up that intangible social capital that politicians are unable to get a handle on.
Peter Needham, Bothwell.
North-East Rail Trail
I am delighted the rail trail will now proceed and hopefully, the railway will also get some funding.
It will be a great tourist drawcard.
I hope the bikes and trains can still access through the historic tunnel, there must be a way for that to be possible.
It is too historic to just be without the rails.