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Danna Vale announces $2.9 million boost for aged care.

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DANNA VALE ANNOUNCES $2.9 MILLION BOOST FOR AGED CARE Older Australians and their families in Sydney’s south-west and Sutherland Shire are set to benefit from a $2.9 million injection into programs to support 77 clients in their own homes.

“The Howard Government is providing $2,879,700 in annual recurrent funding to support the allocation of these new places so that Hammond Care can support people who want to stay in their own homes,” Mrs Vale said.

The money will fund 36 places under the Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) category, 23 places under the EACH Dementia category and 18 places under the Community Aged Care category.

“These places are part of more than 8700 places made available across Australia this year as part of the Howard Government’s plan to secure the future of aged care in Australia - both for service providers and for older people who access the services,” Mrs Vale said.

“They further demonstrate the Howard Government’s commitment to maximising choice in the type of care available to older Australians and promoting a sustainable aged care industry.”

Mrs Vale also said the program recognises the desire of a growing number of older Australians to remain in their own homes as they age.

The new aged care places were allocated after a highly competitive assessment process, with successful applicants demonstrating their ability to best meet the care needs of the ageing community.

“I congratulate Hammond Care on its successful submission and its commitment to providing a world class system of care for older Australians in Western Sydney and the Sutherland Shire,” Mrs Vale said.

Approved providers must now make these places fully operational within 24 months. They will be required to report to the Department of Health and Ageing on their progress in making these places available on a quarterly basis and these reports will be closely monitored.

Media Contact: Aaron Findlay 9521 6262 or 0404 080 150 Release Date: 20 Dec 2006