Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - "The Prime Minister has announced that the federal elections will be held on May 18th. The next few weeks will therefore be very important for Catholic Health Australia, to continue to ask politicians significant questions for our society. Catholic hospitals are among the most appreciated in the country. Many rely on our retirement homes for the elderly or welcome our care services in their home. This trust underlines the essential role of Catholic health and elderly care services within our society. In this framework, during the election campaign, Catholic Health Australia calls for the strengthening of palliative care and the search for solutions to improve lifestyles, the care of the elderly". This is what, in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, reports Suzanne Greenwood, president of Catholic Health Australia, non-governmental Catholic network of health care services active in Australia. The message arrives less than a month after the federal elections: Australian citizens, in fact, will be called to the polls next May 18, after the distrust received in August 2018 in Parliament by former Premier Malcom Turnbull, replaced with the minister of economics Scott Morrison.
"One of the great joys that my role gives me - says Suzanne Greenwood - is the possibility of going to our centers often. Recently, for example, I had the privilege of visiting the 'Southern Cross Care - St. Lawrence' residential facility for the elderly, in Harden, New South Wales. Residents participate in a huge number of social activities and events each week, and many of them told me that they could no longer imagine living elsewhere. Care for the elderly in Australia is not without its challenges, but the St. Lawrence team takes great care of the people entrusted to them".
In Australia, Catholic health care began in 1838 with the arrival of the Irish Sisters of Charity, who came on a mission to the oceanic continent precisely to take care of the poor, the sick and the dying. Today the Australian Church continues and carries on that tradition of caring for the person and his dignity, from birth to death. (LF) (Agenzia Fides, 26/4/2019)