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Helping Central Australians remain independent, in their homes and in their community.



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Campaign Media Release

MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH, RURAL AND REGIONAL HEALTH

HELPING CENTRAL AUSTRALIANS REMAIN INDEPENDENT, IN THEIR HOMES AND IN THEIR COMMUNITY

Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Labor Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today announced a package of investments for Home and Community Care services in Central Australia.

The Home and Community Care program (HACC) provides affordable and accessible care to help meet the individual needs of older people, people with a disability and their carers to help them remain living independently. It is jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory governments.

The $357,000 funding package provides support for local HACC services including:

• $50,000 one-off funding for the Alice Springs Senior Citizens Association to purchase a new vehicle. The service has been using a vehicle purchased in 1994 to transport around 57 clients.

• $40,000 growth funding provided to the Western Aranda Aboriginal Housing Corporation - Ntaria Home Care - in Hermannsburg to expand the existing HACC service.

• $40,000 growth funding provided Mampu Maninju in Yuendumu for the Yuendumu Old People’s Program to increase their focus on men’s services.

Warren Snowdon welcomed the additional investment.

“Home and Community Care services provide the practical assistance that many older Australians need to complete day-to-day tasks,” said Warren Snowdon.

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“The funding will help many people continue to live in their own homes and communities, close to traditional country and family and friends, rather than move prematurely into residential care,” said Warren Snowdon.

“More than 3,655 people in the Northern Territory benefited from home and community care services in 2008-09,” added Warren Snowdon.

“I’ve seen the real difference that the services delivered through this program makes to the daily lives of Territorians,” Warren Snowdon said.

The additional funding is part of a $1.937 million package provided to organisations in the Northern Territory.

This brings the total Gillard Labor Government annual investment in HACC services in Northern Territory to more than $8.9 million in 2010-11 - an increase of over 7 per cent on last year.

“A Gillard Labor Government will provide a strong and secure economy so we can invest in more nurses and better hospitals. In contrast, Mr Abbott has no economic plan other than to move backwards to health cuts,” said Warren Snowdon.

This project is funded from an existing allocation in the Budget under the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program.

Funded projects Location: Yuelamu Project name: Yuelamu Aged Care Kitchen Renovation - white goods Allocation: $12,000 Agency: Central Desert Shire Type: One-off funding

Location: Alice Springs Project name: Tangentyere Council HACC Service Laundry Upgrade Allocation: $20,000 Agency: Tangentyere Council Type: One-off funding

Location: Alice Springs Project name: New vehicle - Alice Springs Senior Citizens Association Allocation: $50,000 Agency: Alice Springs Senior Citizens Association Type: One-off funding

Location: Tennant Creek Project name: Tennant Creek Respite Options Allocation: $75,000 Agency: NT Department of Health and Families Type: One-off funding

Location: Hermannsburg Project name: Western Aranda Aboriginal Housing Corporation - Ntaria Home Care Allocation: $40,000 Agency: MacDonnell Shire Type: Growth funding

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Location: Papunya Project name: Papunya Old People’s Program Allocation: $40,000 Agency: MacDonnell Shire Type: Growth funding

Location: Ali Curung Project name: Ali Curung Old People’s Program Allocation: $40,000 Agency: Barkly Shire Type: Growth funding

Location: Elliott Project name: Elliott Old People’s Program Allocation: $40,000 Agency: Barkly Shire Type: Growth funding

Location: Yuendumu Project name: Yuendumu Old People’s Program Allocation: $40,000 Agency: Mampu Maninju Type: Growth funding

11 AUGUST 2010

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