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Invitations to apply for aged care places in Bayside.



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Invitations to apply for Aged Care Places in Bayside Friday, 24 June 2005

Andrew Robb, the Federal Member for Goldstein today encouraged local aged care providers to apply for 536 new aged care places being offered in the Southern Metropolitan region, and, for an additional $42 million being made available to aged care providers in capital grants.

“The Australian Government is committed to helping senior Australians to remain in their local communities. We believe that staying in the community and near friends and family is of vital importance to our senior Australians” said Andrew Robb.

“This package demonstrates the Governments commitment by offering 155 new residential places, 280 Community Aged Care Packages, 60 Extended Aged Care at Home places, and 41 dementia specified Extended Aged Care at Home places.”

These new places are part of an estimated 26,600 new aged care places to be allocated by the Government over the next three years. With these places, by 2007-08 the Government will have allocated more than 95,200 new aged care places since coming to office in 1996. This contrasts with the 10,000 bed shortage that was left by the Labor Party when they were last in office.

“The Government is also offering $42 million to help aged care homes with necessary capital works programs.” Andrew Robb said. “I strongly urge bayside aged care providers to apply for these grants to ensure that bayside seniors continue to receive the highest quality care in first class facilities.”

Application kits are available from the Aged and Community Care Information Line on 1800 500 853 from 8:30am on Monday June 27th or on the internet at www.health.gov.au/acar2005.

Applications close on 29 July 2005.

Or for further information contact the office on 9557 4644.

Media enquiries: Kathryn Hodges 0409 316 620