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$34.5 million boost for Home and Community Care in NSW.



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THE HON JUSTINE ELLIOT MP

Minister for Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

19 December 2007 JE07/01

$34.5 million boost for Home and Community Care in NSW

Frail older people, people with a disability and their carers in New South Wales will benefit from additional funding of more than $34.5 million announced today by the Australian Government and the NSW Government.

The Australian Government Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, and the NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Kristina Keneally, said the funding would be provided through the NSW Home and Community Care Program, a joint Australian Government- NSW Government initiative.

Mrs Elliot said the additional allocations would bring total Home and Community Care funding in NSW in 2007-08 to almost $510 million, of which the Australian Government would contribute more than $305 million and the NSW Government almost $205 million.

“Home and Community Care is a central element in the Government’s vision for a world-class community-care system that delivers high-quality, affordable and accessible care to meet the individual needs of older people, younger people with a disability, and their carers,” she said.

Ms Keneally said that the projects funded under the package would provide a significant benefit for many frail older people and younger people with a disability in NSW, as well as those who cared for them.

“The Iemma Government is committed to building the capacity of community care services to provide improved support within the community,” Ms Keneally said.

Media contact: (Mrs Elliot) Kylie Rose 0429 923644 (Ms Keneally) Sarah Conway 0418 251 310