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Community urged to become involved in aged care planning.



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Media Release

Kevin Andrews Minister for Ageing

KA121/2002 Monday November 25, 2002

COMMUNITY URGED TO BECOME INVOLVED IN AGED CARE PLANNING

THERE will be greater community involvement in aged care planning following changes announced today by Federal Minister for Ageing Kevin Andrews.

The changes allow any person with the necessary qualifications and experience to apply to be a member of an Aged Care Planning Advisory Committee (ACPAC).

"It is important that the community contributes to aged care planning and I encourage people with an interest to apply," Mr Andrews said.

"There are ACPACs in each state and territory which advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing on how aged care places should be distributed across the country.

"People will also be able to apply for the positions of committee chair and deputy chair.

"I am confident that there are many people in the community who could make a valuable contribution to the planning of aged care places."

In a further change, key personnel of aged care service providers will be excluded from committee membership, to avoid any perceptions of conflict of interest.

Service providers will still be able to provide input via other forums.

The ACPAC positions for 2003-2004 were advertised in the national press last Saturday (November 23), with a two-week application period.

Media Contact: Felicity Dargan (Press Secretary) 0409 550 446

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Published on Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing web site 25 November 2002 Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing URL: http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2002/ka/ka02121.htm