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Australian Government allocates funding for aged care at Exmouth Multi-Purpose Service.

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Australian Government allocates funding for aged care at Exmouth Multi-Purpose Service.

Exmouth residents - on the northwest cape in Western Australia—will receive improved aged and community care through the Exmouth Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) with the Australian Government allocating annual funding of $278,000 to the service.

The aged care service run from the MPS is provided under a partnership between the WA and Australian Governments to support regional communities which do not have nursing homes or other services for older Australians.

The Exmouth MPS serves a population of more than 2,000 and provides a flexible in-home high care place and six flexible community care places.

In future, the program will bring even more benefits - providing two residential aged care places on the hospital campus, one low-care place and additional health services including acute and allied health care.

Renovations are currently under way at the hospital that will see these residents cared for in rooms refurbished to create a home-like environment.

WA Health Minister Jim McGinty welcomed the funding from the Australian Government and said the care offered through the program could be tailored to the needs of the individual.

“An individual might require services such as high-level nursing or personal care in their home, social support, respite care, home maintenance or meals on wheels - the MPS program has the flexibility to cater for the individual’s needs,” Mr McGinty said.

“Under the MPS program rural and remote residents get tailored care and they don’t have to move to another town - they can stay close to family, friends and their own community.”

Australian Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot said this was a commonsense approach to providing assistance to older Australians in rural and regional areas.

It is also about the Commonwealth and State Governments working together in partnership to provide better services to older Australians.

“This is about making sure that older Australians are able to maintain their independence and remain in their communities.”

West Australians are to benefit from additional funding totalling more than $14.27 million in Home and Community Care allocations in 2008-09 to boost services for frail older people, people with disabilities and their carers.

The increase brings total funding for Western Australia in 2008-09 to $180.656 million with the Australian Government contribution totalling $100.979 million and the State Government the remaining $79.677 million.

The announcement follows the agreement by the Australian and Western Australian Governments on the three year plan for the Home and Community Care Program.

The plan sets out the priorities for the Home and Community Care program in Western Australia and will provide around $588 million in funding over the next three years.

Almost $357 million of this will be contributed by the Australian Government and almost $231 million by the Western Australian Government.

More than $20 million is being provided to Western Australia by the Australian Government through the Multi-purpose Service Program in 2008-09, with the State Government contributing over $57 million.

At 30 June 2008, there were 117 multi-purpose services operating throughout Australia. Thirty multi-purpose services are within the WA Country Health Service (WACHS), the first starting in 1993.

Media contact Mrs Elliott - Angela Koutoulas (02) 6277 7280 (Canberra) 0412 388 574

Mr McGinty - Astrid Serventy 9422 3000

0407 383 117