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Sir Charles Gairdner to receive ACATs grant.



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Media Release      Julie Bishop Member for Curtin  

Sir Charles Gairdner to receive over $400,000 for Aged Care Assessments Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands will receive over $400,000 as part of the 2000-01 Commonwealth Grants program for Aged Care Assessment Teams.

Member for Curtin Julie Bishop said Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital would receive $416,574 to enable Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATS) to provide assessment, support and referral for older people.

Under the program, the Federal Government provides grants to the States and Territories to help operate ACATs and evaluation units.

The funds provided this financial year include an additional amount for the Staying at Home initiative to help meet the growing demands for assessments in line with the growth in the aged population.

"The distribution of these grants is based on the 70 and over population. Our local area, the electorate of Curtin, has the highest proportion of seniors in the State," Ms Bishop said.

"ACATs carry out vital work in the community by visiting people at home or in hospitals to help the obtain the services they need. The teams include health professionals such as physicians, psychologists, nurses, geriatricians, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists."

The assessment teams work in cooperation with primary carers and others involved in the client's care and support, including their general practitioner and medical specialists.

The assessment may result in a recommendation for residential aged care - nursing home or hostel - a Community Care Package and/or flexible care. Alternatively, an assessment may result in a referral to other community care services.

Assessment services are provided free of charge. The teams service all regions across Australia and are based in hospitals or the local communities.

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For further information contact Lisa Lehman 9388 0288 or 0417 926 911