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More aged care places for Western Australians.



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The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

More aged care places for Western Australians Hundreds of new aged care places will become available in Western Australia after the latest allocation of subsidised places by the Australian Government.

4 February 2005

Mr Michael Keenan MP Member for Stirling

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Hundreds of new aged care places will become available in Western Australia after the latest allocation of subsidised places by the Australian Government.

Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, announced today that 550 new residential places in WA would be eligible for government subsidies. Ms Bishop also announced capital grants to two aged care homes in WA worth almost $600,000.

Ms Bishop made the announcements with the Member for Stirling, Michael Keenan, at Hellenic Community Aged Care in Dianella, which was one of 34 WA homes to receive an allocation of new places. Hellenic Community Aged Care was allocated 16 dementia-specific places - eight low care places and eight high care places.

The Australian Government will provide funding of around $16.8 million a year for the new places. They comprise 330 high care places and 220 low care places, including 152 places with specific support for people living with dementia.

"Most will go to metropolitan areas where demand for aged care is high, but I am very pleased to announce that 60 of the new places have been allocated to a new aged care facility that will be opening at Busselton, in the south west of the State."

Country centres Esperance and Wagin were also successful in this Aged Care Approvals Round of funding. Esperance Aged Care Facility was granted $554,000 and Waratah Lodge $45,000 for capital improvements.

Ms Bishop said the new residential places were only one component of the government’s commitment to a major expansion in aged care through its Investing in Australia’s Aged Care: More Places, Better Care package.

An additional 27,900 places will be created over the next three years across Australia, including new residential places and community services for people living in their own homes. Ms Bishop announced the allocation of an additional 220 community aged care places for West Australians last month.

"Most Australians would like to remain in their own homes as they age, but others need the additional help provided in residential facilities," Ms Bishop said.

"The government is committed to providing services for older Australians, whatever their circumstances, to meet the challenges and changes the ageing population will bring for all of us."

Additional information and a complete list of place allocations is available at www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-acar2004-index.htm