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More aged care services given top [priority] in Ballarat.



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MORE AGED CARE SERVICE GIVEN TOP PROIRITY IN BALLARAT

Released on the 4th of November, 2005

Increased funding for Aged Care Assessment Teams in the Ballarat Electorate will help reduce waiting times and provide elderly people with faster access to care services, Patron Senator for Ballarat, Judith Troeth said today.

Older people in Ballarat will benefit from a funding increase of more than $609,000 for Aged Care Assessment Teams.

“This funding will further support the vital services provided by the teams, whose primary role is to assess the needs of frail older people and help them to gain access to care,” Senator Troeth said.

The funding is part of a program announced today by the Australian Government that will provide almost $13 million for Victoria for the 2005-06 financial year in support of the assessment teams across the state.

“Their work is essential because an older person’s assessment may result in a recommendation for residential aged care, a Community Aged Care Package, as Extended Aged Care at Home Package or a referral to the other community services,” Senator Troeth said.

“These additional funds will continue to allow for more timely assessments and better care management by assessment teams.

“Assessment teams operate throughout Australia and are usually based in hospitals or in the local community,” Senator Troeth said.

Senator Troeth also announced that the Department of Human Services will receive funding of $322, 531 and will allocate part of this funding to the Ballarat Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAS/s) for their Dementia Support for Assessment Program.

This particular funding will be used to enhance the ability of rural ACAS/s in Victoria to assess clients with dementia through accessing dementia specialist staff.

“Ballarat’s funding will go toward the employment of a part time worker to provide consultation and education for ACAS staff, regional service providers, clients and carers with the aim of ensuring that people with dementia and their families gain access to appropriate services, support and diagnosis or treatment,” Senator Troeth said.

Further information: Contact details for a local aged care assessment team can be obtained by calling the Commonwealth Carelink Centres on 1800 052 222.

AUTHORISED BY SENATOR JUDITH TROETH, UNIT 1, 322-332 ST KILDA RD, ST KILDA VIC