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Funding for Indigenous aged care in Wanarn

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.”



I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.