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Government invests more in aged care support for 2005-06.



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MEDIA RELEASE

Government invests more in aged care support for 2005-06 Wednesday, 9 November 2005

Increased funding for the Wingecarribee Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) would help reduce waiting times and provide elderly people with faster access to care services, Member for Hume Alby Schultz said.

Mr Schultz said the local team would receive $181,864 from the Federal Government during 2005-06, an increase of almost $4000 over last year.

“This funding will further support the vital service provided by the Wingecarribee team, whose primary role is to assess the needs of frail older people and help them gain access to care,” Mr Schultz said.”

“Their work is essential because an older person’s assessment may result in 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,” he said.

Aged care assessment teams are multi-disciplinary. They can include health professionals such as medical officers, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Assessments are free of charge.

Contact details for the Wingecarribee ACAT can be obtained by calling the Commonwealth Carelink Centres on 1800 052 222.