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New aged care places for the remote community of Lord Howe Island.

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Media Release Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Aged Care

05 October 2001


Federal Aged Care Minister Bronwyn Bishop today announced the allocation of five new flexible aged care places to the Lord Howe Island Multipurpose Service.

"These new flexible places include 1 high care and 4 Community Aged Care Packages worth $80,439 to serve the needs of the frail aged in this remote area," Mrs Bishop said.

"The places will be located at Lord Howe Island and will improve local access to a range of coordinated health and aged care services.

"This allocation is further proof of the Government's commitment to innovative services for older Australians in rural and remote Australia.

"This is a commitment which we take very seriously," Mrs Bishop said.

"There are particular challenges involved in delivering quality services to those older Australians living in rural and remote areas, but the Howard Government is committed to providing appropriate and quality care to older people regardless of where they live."

Multipurpose services provide an opportunity for agencies and communities to come together and develop more integrated and responsive services.

The Multipurpose Service model is a partnership between Commonwealth and State Governments which provides a wide range of aged care services including residential and palliative care, community nursing, hospital services and home care.

By combining funding from both Commonwealth and State Government programs, this initiative helps rural communities tailor health and aged care services to their own particular needs and improve the coordination and efficiency of those services.

Media Contact: John Wilson, 0407 437 317, (02) 6277 7280.

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