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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2380

(Question No. 5196)


Mr Blanchard asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 19 March 1987:

(1) How many nursing homes are located within the Electoral Division of Moore.

(2) Where are they located.

(3) How many beds are provided.

(4) What level of subsidy is granted.

(5) How is any subsidy determined.


Mr Hurford —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) There are four participating (private for profit) nursing homes funded under the National Health Act located in the Electoral Division of Moore.

(2) and (3) Nursing Homes by Location and Number of Approved Beds.

Marshall Park Nursing Home 2 Bayley Street West Midland 6056; 34.

Undercliffe Nursing Home 20 Coongan Avenue Greemount 6056; 42.

Tuohy Nursing Home 22 Morrison Road Midland 6056; 50.

Midland Nursing Home 44 John Street Midland 6056; 107.

(4) and (5) The Commonwealth provides assistance to the above homes through the payment of Commonwealth nursing home benefits under the National Health Act for all qualified nursing home residents. The maximum level of ordinary care benefit varies from State to State and for Western Australia is currently payable at the rate of $37 a day. In addition an extensive care benefit of $6 a day is payable in respect of residents in need of and receiving extensive nursing home care.

The Commonwealth reviews nursing home benefits annually and generally increases levels each November to a level whereby the maximum ordinary care benefit plus the minimum resident contribution, equivalent to 87.5 percent of the standard rate pension plus rent assistance, will cover the fees charged for 70 percent of beds in non-Government nursing homes approved under the National Health Act in each State.

Where the fees charged by a nursing home are less than the sum of the minimum resident contribution and the maximum benefit, the benefit payable is reduced to the difference between the fee and the minimum resident contribution.