The Australian Government is providing the Ngaanyatjarra Health Service Aboriginal Corporation with more than $1.1 million for capital works upgrades and the construction of accommodation for aged care workers in the Wanarn community.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said this funding is part of a $10.8 million investment in critical staff accommodation and for equipment, maintenance and upgrades for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.
“In Wanarn, one of the challenges in providing aged care services for those wishing to remain on their country is attracting and housing staff,” Mr Wilson said.
“It is vital that Indigenous communities have access to quality, culturally-appropriate aged care services.
“This is a service which focuses on ensuring care recipients retain their significant links with family and country.
“By providing additional accommodation for staff, care recipients will be able to stay close to their families, friends and country.
“This funding will allow people to receive quality care closer to home, rather than having to travel long distances.
“This project will help attract and retain staff and will support the ongoing delivery of aged care services to Aboriginal people.”