Funding boost for Home and Community Care in Great Southern

3/6/2015

Older people and people with a disability in Western Australia are set to benefit from the release of one-off funding worth more than $3.9 million for Home and Community Care services in Western Australia.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said this one-off funding will improve support for older Australians by investing in innovative care models as well as maintaining current infrastructure.

“For example, in Katanning, $9,960 will be allocated to Great Southern Regional Health for purchase of office equipment and in Mt Barker, $151,862 is allocated to Great Southern Regional Health to purchase a new bus,” Mr Wilson said.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring older Australians have the support they need to live active and healthy lives, and to continue to live at home when possible.

“The Home and Community Care programme provides critical services that help older people and people with disability stay independent for longer, by providing care where most people prefer to receive it—in their own homes and communities.

“This includes nursing and allied health care, personal care, domestic assistance, meals, and social support, as well as respite services for carers—without which many people wouldn’t be able to remain living independently.

“These are all essential to older people and people with disability staying safe and well, and remaining connected to their community and in control of their own lives.”

Western Australia’s total Home and Community Care programme funding for 2014-15 rose by 8.1 per cent to $288 million.

The Commonwealth Government has contributed $174.8 million to the programme, with $113.2 million provided by the Western Australian Government.

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