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Over a hundred new aged care places for the ACT.



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Media Release Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Aged Care

BB029/00 28 March 2000

 

OVER A HUNDRED NEW AGED CARE PLACES FOR THE ACT

The Australian Capital Territory will gain more than 100 new aged care places as part of the announcement of a record number of aged care places made today by the Federal Minister for Aged Care, Bronwyn Bishop.

The Year 2000 allocation of aged care places will see the Government provide an additional $173 million in funding for 14,777 places nationally. The places will be allocated to those areas of greatest need, particularly rural and regional Australia and targeted groups.

"Senior Australians in the Australian Capital Territory will benefit from an additional 78 residential aged care places and 48 community care packages," Mrs Bishop said.

Additionally, ACT seniors will have access to a national pool of 1600 places for dedicated Multipurpose Services (MPS) to assist health and aged care delivery in:   small, regional and remote communities;

 

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restructuring aged care services; and   ●

emergency and flexible care needs such as extending co-ordinated care trials and aged care services in remote Indigenous communities. ●

"Every state and territory will benefit from this record new allocation which will include 7,889 new residential care places and 6,438 new community care packages," Mrs Bishop said.

Advertisements seeking applications for the allocation of the new places are planned before the end of this financial year.  

Media Contact: Simone Holzapfel on 0417 656 668.