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Regional allocation of 30 new aged care places for the Northern Territory.



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Media Release

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Ageing

KA163/2003 26 May 2003

REGIONAL ALLOCATION OF 30 NEW AGED CARE PLACES FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY FEDERAL Minister for Ageing Kevin Andrews today announced the regional allocation for the 30 new aged care places for the Northern Territory.

The 30 new places comprise 10 residential aged care places and 20 community care packages which provide personal care to people in their own homes.

"The 30 new aged care places for the Northern Territory are part of a total of 8,624 new places for Australia worth $185.7 million in recurrent funding," Mr Andrews said.

"The Federal Government has allocated more than 52,700 aged care places over the last five years and is well on track to meet its target of providing 200,000 places by 2006."

The Department of Health and Ageing decides on the regional allocation following a comprehensive consultative process and advice from Aged Care Planning Advisory Committees in each State and Territory.

"Planning is done according to a formula which ensures an equitable distribution of places across the country, depending on need," Mr Andrews said.

Mr Andrews said key priorities in 2003 would be to ensure that aged care beds were made operational within the two years provided in the legislation; addressing the complex care needs of people with dementia and people requiring respite care; and improving access to services for people with special needs.

It is anticipated that applications for the 2003 Aged Care Approvals Round will be called for in early July 2003.

The 2003 Aged Care Approvals Round Information booklet is available from the Aged and Community Care Information Line on 1800 500 853 and the Ageing and Aged Care Internet site www.ageing.health.gov.au/acar2003/index.htm

FOR MEDIA inquiries about what your region will receive in new aged care places, contact Shaun Anthony in the Department of Health and Ageing on 02 6289 4596. For other media inquiries, contact Felicity Dargan

(Minister Andrews' Press Secretary) on 0409 550 446