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$681,000 For NT Home and Community Care services.



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Senator the Hon Santo Santoro Australian Government Minister for Ageing

The Hon Delia Lawrie MLA Northern Territory

Minister for Family and Community Services

MEDIA RELEASE

Suite M 1.46 • Parliament House • Canberra ACT 2600 • Tel: (02) 6277 7280 • Fax: (02) 6273 4138 www.health.gov.au --- www.seniors.gov.au

5 April 2006 SS33/06

$681,000 For NT Home and Community Care Services

Increased Home and Community Care (HACC) funding will see five new remote and urban services established in the Northern Territory, the Australian Government Minister for Ageing, Senator Santo Santoro, and the Northern Territory Minister for Health and Community Services, Delia Lawrie, said today.

Older people, the disabled, and their carers will benefit from the $681,000 allocation being made to new and existing HACC services in the Territory.

The funding will see three new remote services established at Milingimbi, Anmatjere and Walangeri Ngumpinku, and two new services start up in the Darwin region. The services will offer meals, transport and/or social support to HACC clients.

Alzheimers Australia NT, the Australian Red Cross, Lovell HCS, Mission Australia, Tangentyere Council and Yuelamu have been allocated additional funds to expand existing services.

“Home and Community Care is a central element of the Australian Government's vision for a world-class aged care system,” Senator Santoro said. “We are developing a system that delivers high-quality, affordable and accessible care that meets the individual needs of older people, the disabled and their carers.

“By funding these services, we are helping to create caring communities and fulfil the aspirations of older people in the Northern Territory, who increasingly want to live independently in their own homes.

“For them, Home and Community Care services can provide a higher level of independence and a viable alternative to moving to residential care.”

Delia Lawrie said the funding would provide much-needed services in an area of large and growing demand across the state.

“The additional Home and Community Care funds will be used to make many vital services available where they are most needed, and in a way that delivers value for money. This will ensure the services benefit as many people as possible,” she said.

The Australian Government is contributing almost $858 million to the Home and Community Care Program in 2005-06. Along with state and territory government contributions, more than $1.4 billion will be available nationally in 2005-06.

Media contact: Malcolm Cole - 0408 612 603