To the Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health
We the undersigned urge you to immediately overturn the outdated discrimination that denies older Australians in residential aged care access to Medicare-funded psychological treatment through the Better Access to Mental Health Care program - treatment that is available to the rest of us as a right.
Your government is commendably implementing bi-partisan reform that delivers greater choice and control to older people over their aged care. An historic anomaly denies them access to the Better Mental Health program.
Reversing this out of date provision is a great way to make sure they have the same control over their mental health as all other Australians.
Over 170,000 aged care residents are being denied the same rights as the rest of us because of out of date government sanctioned age discrimination.
Please fix it now!