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Program of aids for disabled people - Commonwealth funding allocations to states and territories for 1981/82



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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH THE HON. M. J. R. MACKELLAR

PROGRAM OF AIDS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE - COMMONWEALTH FUNDING ALLOCATIONS TO STATES AND TERRITORIES FOR 1981782

The Minister for Health, the Hon. Michael MacKellar,

announced today that allocations of funds to Victoria, Queensland,

Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian

Capital Territory had been made for 1981/82 under the Program of Aids

for Disabled People (PADP). .

PADP is a new program which was introduced by the Government

during the latter part of last financial year, as a special initiative

for the International Year of Disabled Persons. A total of $2.4m

had been provided for PADP this financial year.

PADP is intended to assist disabled people who are

ineligible to receive aids under other existing government-

funded programs. It provides a range of aids (wheelchairs, walking

aids, domiciliary oxygen, home modifications, etc) without charge, .

and it is being administered through the health authorities of

participating States and Territories.

The 1981/82 allocations to States and Territories currently,

participating in PADP are:-

State/Territory $ 1000

Victoria 600

Queensland 350

Western Australia 200

Tasmania 100

Northern Territory 75

Australian Capital Territory 7 5

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Mr MacKellar said that, at this stage, funds had been

set aside for allocation to New South Wales and South Australia,

where PADP is not yet in operation.

I regret that these two States have not yet entered the

program. I would hope that the respective Governments will,

on reflection, agree to participate as the other States have

done at the earliest possible time.

CANBERRA 21 August, 19.81