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MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

2 December 2002

New Multipurpose Service Opens in Central West Queensland

Federal Member for Maranoa, Mr Bruce Scott today announced the commencement of “Barcoo Living”, a new Multipurpose Service (MPS) in the Blackall region in central Queensland.

Mr Scott said the joint State/Commonwealth initiative would provide a range of services including home and community care, respite and residential aged care.

“The new MPS will offer a coordinated and cost effective framework for delivering a mix of aged care, health and community care services for the shires of Tambo, Isisford and Blackall. The MPS will be integrated with the local retirement village,” Mr Scott said.

“Churches of Christ Care will administer the new Multipurpose Service while a community-based committee will oversee the development and progress of Barcoo Living and ensure that it is meeting the community’s specific needs.

“The funding will help meet the needs of the frail aged in this remote region and will improve local access to a range of coordinated health and aged care services.

“Top quality service delivery of this kind is crucial for rural Australia. This initiative will offer flexibility and increased services for the region.

“This allocation of funds is further proof of the Coalition Government’s commitment to innovative services for older Australians in rural and remote Australia.”

MPS provide an opportunity for agencies and communities to come together and develop more integrated and responsive services. Currently there are 72 MPS throughout rural and remote Australia, with several more expected to become operational soon.

By combining funding from both Commonwealth and State Government programs, this initiative helps rural communities tailor health and aged care services to their own particular needs and improve the coordination and efficiency of those services.

The MPS Program is a key feature of the Commonwealth Government’s focus on rural health. Since 1996 around $2 billion has been spent on targeted rural health and aged care initiatives.

For more information on the MPS Program visit: www.ruralhealth.gov.au/services/mps.htm

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