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$96,000 funding boost for aged care homes in Bass Coast.

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Thursday, 7 July 2005

“I am delighted to announce that the Federal Government has funded a new $1,000 per resident one-off payment to local aged care homes to target specific issues which aim to ensure the sustainability of our aged care system into the future. This will deliver $96,000 to providers in Bass Coast and $1,462,000 for the Electorate of Flinders.

“This one-off payment, to be made in June 2005, will enable local aged care providers to take advantage of new technology, improve their business practices and efficiency, and increase staff training, particularly in dementia care.

“Local aged care homes will be able to use the funding to adopt information technology systems which will help improve clinical care of local residents, and reduce paperwork for aged care staff, enabling them to spend less time on administration and more time on care,” Mr Hunt said.

“Aged care providers and their staff will also be able to upgrade their management and administration skills to ensure greater efficiency in the aged care sector.

“As well as management training, the new funding can be used to increase the skills of local aged care staff in providing specialist dementia care for residents.

“This complements the $320.6 million Budget package to make dementia an Australian Government National Health Priority.”

“This is a wonderful outcome for aged care facilities and the community,” Mr Hunt said.

Local providers who will benefit from this one-off payment include (approximate values);

• Griffiths Point Lodge Hostel, San Remo $29,000 • Melaleuca Lodge, Phillip Island $37,000 • Warley Nursing Home, Phillip Island $30,000