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Media Release

 

The Hon Warwick Smith MP

Minister for Family Services

Federal Member for Bass 

 

14 May 1998

 

$7.6 MILLION FOR NSW HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE

 

People with disabilities, frail older people and their carers in NSW can look forward to improved ac cess to care and support, with the announcement today of $7.6 million in Federal and NSW Government grants.

 

The package was approved by the Federal Minister for Family Services, Warwick Smith, and the NSW Minister for Community Services, Fay Lo Po’.

 

Mr Smith said people with disabilities, the frail aged and their carers would benefit from new funding of $3.59 million to help run 72 services, $2.13 million in capital funding for 15 new projects and $1.9 million in one-off grants.

 

“The HACC program has helped thousands of people to live in their own homes rather than in residential care, through services such as Meals-on-Wheels, community nursing, community transport and respite for carers,” Mr Smith said.

 

“As well as supporting and expanding existing services, additional funds have been allocated for dementia-related services, personal care for people with complex needs, home help and projects designed to improve service coordination.

 

Mr Smith said new projects included a review of transport services in the Orana and Far West area of the State, as well as eastern and southern Sydney. Other projects aim to make HACC services more accessible for people with HIV/AIDS and people in Aboriginal and ethnic communities.

 

Mrs Lo Po’ said the package would also fund replacement vehicles, a system of information exchange and a range of other support systems for HACC workers across the State.

 

“The capital funding projects include the construction of the Moree Respite Day Care Centre, upgrades to Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre and kitchen equipment for Warringah/Pittwater Food Services,” Mrs Lo Po’ said.

 

“The HACC program aims to reach people in need from all areas, including those in rural and remote regions and those of diverse cultural backgrounds,” she said.

 

“A number of initiatives funded through this latest package will target Aboriginal people, including the establishment of several regional Aboriginal HACC worker positions.”

 

Media contacts:

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

Paul Sadler, NSW Dept Ageing & Disability, (02) 9364 6930.

 

Parliament House. Canberra, ACT 2600.

Telephone 02 6277 7240 Facsimile 02 6273 4152

 

Electorate Office, Cnr George and Cameron Streets, Launceston, Tasmania 7250.

Telephone 03 6334 8511 Facsimlie 03 6334 8515