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Boost to Perth's aged care services.

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Special Minister of State Senator for Western Australia


E45/00 4 September 2000

Boost to Perth’s Aged Care Services  A new Carelink Centre to be opened in Perth’s North-western suburbs will provide senior citizens and carers with access to a comprehensive range of aged care services, Senator for Western Australia, Chris Ellison, announced today.

Senator Ellison said the Carelink Centre would coordinate aged care health and community services through a centrally located shop-front at Shenton Park.

"The new Carelink Centre will be an aged care one-stop-shop that will significantly improve access to information and services for older Australians, particularly those people needing a package of community care services,’ Senator Ellison said.

"Through a central point of contact, health professionals and carers will now be able to gain easy access to information about community nursing and paramedical services, meals-on-wheels, respite care, advocacy services, home help, carer support and other aged care support services."

"The Carelink Centre will save carers and health professionals time and slash red tape, ensuring they can get on with the important task of caring for Perth’s elderly housebound and infirm residents."

The Carelink Centre, to be run by the Independent Living Centre of Western Australia, is part of a network of 54 new aged care support facilities announced this week by the Howard Government.

Individual Carelink Centres will be linked by a freecall telephone number, and will provide local information such as key contact numbers, eligibility criteria and costs for key aged care services.

Around 10% of Australians over the age of 70 use HACC services, most of them pensioners.

Senator Ellison said the Commonwealth will invest $32.8 million in the Carelink network over the next three years.

"This new network of aged care facilities is part of the Howard Government’s ongoing commitment to assisting older Australians to live at home with appropriate care and support."

The Centre is expected to be operational by the end of the year, and will service the North Metropolitan Home and Community Care (HACC) region.

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