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Commonwealth funding for Aged Care Assessment Teams.



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Media Release 4 November 2005

COMMONWEALTH FUNDING FOR AGED CARE ASSESSMENT TEAMS The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull today announced funding for Aged Care Assessment Teams in the region to provide more services and help reduce waiting times.

Mrs Hull said older people in the Riverina will benefit from funding assistance for Aged Care Assessment Teams.

“This funding will support the services carried out by Aged Care Assessment Teams throughout the Riverina, whose primary role is to assess the needs of frail older people and help them gain access to services,” Mrs Hull said.

“For the Murrumbidgee area, funding for the Aged Care Assessment Team will increase to $143,852, while funding of $320,073 will be provided to the Wagga Wagga service. The Greater Southern region including Murrumbidgee and Wagga Wagga will receive $103,144 for 2005-06 Commonwealth funding under the Dementia Support For

Assessment Program.

“This funding will be put towards employing a psychogeriatic nurse to focus on the needs of non-English speaking patients, Aboriginal and isolated clients and their carers and will be based in Wagga Wagga and service the western and northern areas of the Greater Murray Area Health Service.

“The role of Aged Care Assessment Teams is to assess an older person and make a recommendation for residential aged care, a Community Aged Care package, an Extended Aged Care at Home package or a referral to other community services.

Mrs Hull said assessment teams can include health professionals such as medical officers, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists and assessments are free of charge. More information on local aged care assessment teams can be obtained by calling the Commonwealth Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222.

“The funding for the teams in the Riverina region will allow for more assessments and better care management for local teams,” Mrs Hull said. “Assessment teams operate are usually based in hospitals or the local community.”

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For further information contact Katie Brunskill on 02 6921 4600.