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Major funding boost for Woy Woy aged care homes.

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Joint Media Release

The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

The Hon Jim Lloyd MP Member for Robertson

25 August 2004 JB172/04

Major funding boost for Woy Woy aged care homes

Residents of the Woy Woy Community Nursing Home and Woy Woy Hostel will benefit from further Australian Government funding to help improve fire safety and building standards.

The Federal Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and the Federal Member for Robertson, Jim Lloyd, presented a cheque for $315,000 to Woy Woy Community Aged Care, which operates the hostel and nursing home, while visiting the facilities today.

“This funding, which represents $3,500 per resident, is part of more than $513 million in Australian Government funding allocated to aged care providers in a one-off payment to help them improve safety standards in aged care homes,” Ms Bishop said.

“It is part of the Australian Government’s $2.2 billion record funding package, Investing in Australia’s Aged Care: More Places, Better Care, announced as part of the 2004 Budget.

“These homes will be able to use the funding to improve building standards and fire safety, which will help ensure their residents continue to receive high quality care in an appropriate and safe environment.”

Mr Lloyd said the homes could use the funding for a range of fire safety measures, such as installing fire sprinklers, updating fire safety equipment, engaging a professional fire safety consultant or improving fire safety training for staff.

“The homes may also decide to use the funding to upgrade buildings to meet benchmarks set by the 10-year forward plan for 2008 building certification,” Mr Lloyd said.

“This Australian Government funding will give local residents and their families peace of mind, knowing that their aged care homes will continue to meet these stringent standards.”

The package is part of the Australian Government’s vision for a world class system of aged care delivering high quality, affordable and accessible aged care that meets the individual needs of older Australians in Woy Woy and across the country.

In contrast, in 13 years of Government Labor neglected aged care, left office with a 10,000 aged care place shortage, failed to introduce national legislated care standards and refused to act when an independent report found nursing homes delivering poor quality care. Labor still has no aged care policy.

Media contact: (Ms Bishop) Rachael Thompson 02 6277 7280 or 0417 265 289 Jim Lloyd MP 02 4325 1604