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More funding for home and community care in Victoria.



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Media Release Hon Kevin Andrews Federal Minister for Ageing Hon John Thwaites

Victorian Minister for Health

Monday October 14, 2002 KA 85/2002

MORE FUNDING FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE IN VICTORIA

OLDER Victorians, young people with disabilities and their carers will receive more Home and Community Care (HACC) services following a $19 million funding boost announced today by the Federal Minister for Ageing Kevin Andrews and Victorian Minister for Health John Thwaites.

HACC funding will increase by 6.8 per cent with $298.037 million provided this financial year.

"HACC is a joint Commonwealth and State Government initiative that funds a range of care services for older people, younger people with disabilities and their carers to help them live independently in the community," Mr Andrews said.

"In 2002-03, the Commonwealth will contribute over $674 million (60 per cent of funding) to the Program across Australia.

"Without HACC services, such as respite care, domestic assistance, Meals on Wheels and home modification, many people would have no choice but to enter an aged care home.''

Mr Thwaites said in recognition of the increasing demand for HACC services across Victoria, all funding regions will be allocated growth funding.

"Priority funding areas were chosen after consulting with service providers, community representative groups and consumers," Mr Thwaites said.

The 2002-03 Funding Round was advertised throughout Victoria on 31 August 2002.

Media Contact: Felicity Dargan, Press Secretary for Minister Andrews, 0409 550 446; Ilsa Colson, Press Secretary for Minister Thwaites, 0418 368 639