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879 new aged care places for WA.



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The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

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15 December 2005 JB199/05

879 new aged care places for WA

Older people in Western Australia will benefit from 879 new aged care places in the latest allocation of subsidised places by the Australian Government, the Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, announced today.

The Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, today announced details of the WA places allocated under the 2005 Aged Care Approvals Round. The places are spread across 35 providers and 52 services.

The new places put increased emphasis on care for people living in the community, and those with special needs, such as rural and regional residents, people from non-English speaking backgrounds and dementia sufferers.

Ms Bishop said the extra places would attract an estimated recurrent government funding of around $19 million. In addition, the government has allocated capital grants of $2.2 million to support WA aged care providers.

The new places comprise 582 high or low level community aged care services and 297 residential places. The community places include 444 Community Aged Care Packages (equivalent to hostel-type care), 80 Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) packages (equivalent to high-level residential care) and 58 EACH-Dementia packages.

Regional, rural and remote services have received 195 of the new places.

More than 140 places have a focus on the provision of care for people from the special needs groups, including 84 places for people from non-English speaking backgrounds and 47 for veterans.

In addition to the 58 new EACH-Dementia packages, 320 places (36 per cent) have a primary or secondary focus on the provision of care for people living with dementia

“These new places recognise the desire of older West Australians to remain in their own homes and local communities and will enable them to receive care when and where they need it,” Ms Bishop said.

“They will also help to meet the particular needs of people from different cultural or linguisitic backgrounds and the increasing number of older Australians living with dementia.”

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“With these new approvals, the government is on track to meet its 2001 election commitment of providing 200,000 operational aged care places nationwide by June 2006.”

Media contact: Murray Hansen 0417 886 155

NOTE TO EDITORS

Table: 2005 Aged Care Approvals Round - allocation of places and grants

*Please note - A small number of places are yet to be allocated.

Additional information: www.health.gov.au/acar2005

State or Territory

Residential places

Community places

TOTAL of all places

Recurrent funds ($m)

Capital grants ($m)

TOTAL

($m)

Community Care grants ($m)

NSW 1,971 1,809 3,780 81.78 11.85 93.63 0.655

VIC 868 1,528 2,396 57.53 9.68 67.21 0.255

QLD 1,382 1,188 2,570 60.17 8.10 68.27 0.563

WA 297 582 879 19.06 2.21 21.27 0.047

SA 293 472 765 17.93 1.14 19.07 0.213

TAS 126 135 261 6.27 6.53 12.80 0.029

ACT 185 75 260 6.62 - 6.62 -

NT 20 50 70 2.09 0.50 2.59 -

TOTALS 5,142 5,839 10,981* $251.45m $40.01m $291.46m $1.76m