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$3.2 million for Victorian Home and Community Care.



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Media Release

 

The Hon Warwick Smith MP

Minister for Family Services

Federal Member for Bass

 

14 May 1998

 

$3.2 MILLION FOR VICTORIAN HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE

 

Victoria’s frail older people, younger people with a disability and their carers will benefit f rom new funding for Home and Community Care services announced today.

 

The new funding of over $3.2 Million was announced by the Federal Minister for Family Services, Warwick Smith, and the Victorian Minister for Health and Aged Care, Rob Knowles.

 

“Quality in-home services are the cornerstone of independence for frail older people and younger people with a disability,” Mr Smith said.

 

“This big boost in funding shows how much weight the Federal and Victorian Governments give to meeting the needs of these vulnerable members of our community,” he said.

 

Mr Knowles said funding priorities included more than 270 grants for existing services to purchase and replace vital equipment.

 

“In all, some 290 projects will benefit,” Mr Knowles said.

 

“Both the Federal and Victorian Governments are committed to working together to ensure that this network of community services is properly maintained.”

 

The Home and Community Care Program assists frail older people, younger people with a disability and their carers who, without these services, would be at risk of inappropriate admission to residential care.

 

The program offers a range of integrated home and centre-based services.

 

Media contact:

John Wilson, Mr Smith’s office, 02 6277 7240, 0412 437 317

Andrew Bamber, Dept. Health & Family Services, 03 9285 8712.

 

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