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Media Release Kevin Andrews Minister for Ageing

KA 1/2002 18 January 2002

SA AGED CARE BENEFITS FROM FUNDING AND PLACES Minister for Ageing Kevin Andrews today rejected claims by the ALP that the Federal Government had failed the aged care system in South Australia.

Since coming to power in 1996, Mr Andrews said, the Federal Government had dramatically expanded residential and community aged care in South Australia and substantially improved the quality of aged care. In 2000-2001, South Australia received $358.8 million in residential aged care funding — an increase of $121.8 million over 1995-1996 when just $237 million was provided.

"Since coming to office the Federal Government has released 3280 additional aged care places to meet the needs of older South Australians, including 1594 new residential places," Mr Andrews said.

"Furthermore, an extra 636 new places have been targeted to South Australia in the 2001 Allocation Round and the allocation of these places will be announced shortly."

The Federal Government also funds a range of other programs for older Australians in South Australia, including $50 million for the Home and Community Care Program last financial year and $9.6 million for 28 Day Therapy Centres.

The Government also recently announced $1.05 million to fund a transitional care trial to assist frail older Australians in South Australia who are discharged from hospital.

Nationally, aged care expenditure has increased by a total of $1.4 billion in the past six years.

“Since 1996, we have allocated more than 41,000 places around the country to meet the care needs of older Australians," Mr Andrews said.

The Federal Government also introduced the accreditation process for residential aged care, to improve the quality of care for more than 135,000 older Australians in Commonwealth-funded aged care homes.

Media Contact: Felicity Dargan (Minister Andrews' Office) 0409 550 446

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