While many of us were indulging over the Easter break, April 7 marked an important annual event for adults around the globe – World Health Day.
Organised by the World Health Organisation, the day provides the opportunity to address issues and concerns of the world's population.
For Australians, the occasion brought attention to the needs of the country's ageing population.
Minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler used World Health Day to release the Council on the Ageing’s Summary Report on the Conversations on Ageing – the results of 31 meetings with more than 3,400 respondents.
"Older Australians have been telling me that they are prepared to contribute more to the cost of their care, but only if they get a better deal with more transparency, a higher level of quality and choice, as well as access to more services in the home," Mr Butler said (April 7).
As the expenses of older Australians increase, some may find private health insurance cover beneficial – not only can it offer reduced hospital waiting times, but also access to high care services such a palliative care facilities when eventually the need arises.
According to the Australian General Practice Network, five key areas of aged care must be addressed by the federal government, including access to facilities, research into chronic care and the diagnosis and management of dementia.