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Healthy and positive ageing on show in Tassie



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Minister for Social Inclusion

JULIE COLLINS

Member for Franklin

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

24 February 2012

Healthy and Positive Ageing on Show in Tassie

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and Federal MP for Franklin, Julie Collins today visited the Queen Victoria Home in Lindisfarne, Tasmania to meet residents receiving support to age well through the Day Therapy Centre (DTC) program.

The DTC program provides older people living in their homes and in low-level residential aged care with a range of services to help them recover or maintain their independence.

The Queen Victoria Home provides physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and podiatry and transport services for local seniors.

“Older Australians are living longer, healthier and more prosperous lives than ever before and the overwhelming message that I’m hearing is that they want more support to live independently for as long as possible,” Mr Butler said.

“Our continued support of services such as day therapy will support our ageing population to age well and remain in their own homes and communities, close to family and friends.”

The Gillard Government provides $1.25 million each year for day therapy services in Tasmania.

More than 3,500 people received day therapy services in Tasmania last year with over 14,000 hours of therapy provided. It is expected that over 3,500 people will continue to benefit from these services each year.

Ms Collins commended the staff of Queen Victoria Home for providing high quality, innovative care to local seniors.

“The Queen Victoria Home is well known in our community for providing a range of services that support healthy and positive ageing including Tai-Chi, strengthening exercises and walking groups.

“Services like this are incredibly important to local seniors who want to remain, healthy, active and engaged in their communities.”

Giving older Australians more choice in the support and care they access is critical to our efforts to build a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of older Australians and their families.

The Gillard Labor Government is providing more funding, for more services, to more older Australians than ever before.

Since being elected in 2007, the Labor Government has increased funding to aged care services by 50 per cent - providing more than $51.6 billion for aged care services across Australia.

For more information, please contact the minister’s office on 02 6277 7280