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$1.08 million boost for carers in Queensland

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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.


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Parliament H ouse, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

21 December 1992 PS479/92


Carers of frail older people and younger people with disabilities in Queensland will benefit from a $1.08 million boost in funding for respite care services.

Announcing details, the Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, said that 16 grants had been made available under the Commonwealth Respite for Carers Program.

Respite care has been identified by carers as possibly their greatest need in maintaining their caring role, since they often have no time for shopping, seeing the doctor or spending time with their families and maintaining social contacts.

Respite is also vital in providing a break from the continuous physical and emotional strain of being a carer. Both the person who regularly provides care and the dependent person who receives the service benefit.

Mr Staples said the Commonwealth Respite for Carers Program had been established in the 1992-93 Budget to increase and extend the reach of existing services and to encourage the development of more flexible services designed to respond to individual needs.

"Many people who look after an aged husband, mother or younger person with a disability find it hard to take a break from this caring role," Mr Staples said.

"This initiative will not only enable them to take some time off, but also allow them to re-establish relationships with their families."

The grants will enable seven day care centres to extend their hours of operation including late night shopping nights and over weekends. Day care centres will be better able to provide care when it suits the needs of carers.

Eleven organisations providing in-home respite will be able to provide services on an overnight basis and during weekends. This will enable them to better respond to both emergency situations and to assist families who wish to plan a break.

"The opportunity to take time out from one's caring responsibilities can make a great difference to the quality of life," Mr Staples said.

"These grants will complement a range of existing services which assist people to maintain their valuable caring role in the community."

Details of funding can be obtained from Peter Davies, telephone (07) 360 2661.

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