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Funding boost for Parramatta aged care home.



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Joint Media Release

The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

The Hon Ross Cameron MP Member for Parramatta

23 July 2004 JB130/04

Funding boost for Parramatta aged care home

Residents in Parramatta Nursing Home 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 Parramatta, Mr Ross Cameron, presented Ark Health Care (Parramatta), which operates Parramatta Nursing Home, with $522,666 at a special ceremony today.

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

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

Mr Cameron said Parramatta Nursing Home 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 home may also decide to use the funding to upgrade buildings to meet benchmarks set by the 10-year forward plan for 2008 building certification,” he said.

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

Investing in Australia’s Aged Care: More Places, Better Care includes:

● An extra $877.8 million, on top of the annually-indexed care subsidy, to aged care providers to help them

continue to provide quality care and pay competitive wages to staff; ● An extra 27,900 new aged care places over the next three years, including 13,030 in 2004-05;

● Almost $1 billion, including $513 million ($3,500 per resident) in June 2004, in extra Australian Government

funding for aged care providers to build new homes and upgrade existing ones to meet 2008 standards particularly in relation to fire and safety; and ● More than $100 million for increased education and training opportunities for aged care nurses and other staff,

including some 1,700 new undergraduate nursing places at universities.

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

This contrasts with Labor which, in 13 years of Government, 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 contacts: Rachael Thompson (Ms Bishop): 02 6277 7280 or 0417 265 289 Rachel Merton (Mr Cameron): 02 9689 2833 or 0417 418 460

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Published on Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing web site 23 July 2004 Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing URL: http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2004/jb/bis130.htm