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$2.5 million funding boost to Home and Community care in Tasmania.



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Media Release

Hon Kevin Andrews Minister for Ageing Hon David Llewellyn Tasmanian

Minister for Health and Human Services

KA146 /2003 Thursday April 04, 2003

$2.5 MILLION FUNDING BOOST TO HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE IN TASMANIA

OLDER Tasmanians, younger people with disabilities and their carers will receive more Home and Community Care (HACC) services following a $2.508 million funding boost announced today by the Federal Minister for Ageing Kevin Andrews and Tasmanian Minister for Health and Human Services David Llewellyn.

The $2.508 million increase comprises $1.810 million for new or expanded services. HACC providers will also benefit from an indexation increase totalling almost $700,000.

HACC is a Commonwealth and State Government Program with the Federal Government contributing 60 percent of funding.

"Total funding for HACC services in Tasmania this financial year is $30.738 million, of which the Commonwealth will provide $17.303 million," Mr Andrews said.

"HACC provides care and support services to frail older Tasmanians, people with disabilities and their carers to enhance their independence and quality of life."

Mr Llewellyn said growth funding would be made available to priority areas, such as additional support for spring cleaning, home gardening and maintenance projects, podiatry and continence services to enable clients to remain in their home.

"Funds have also been allocated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Groups to support day centre activities," he said.

"Additionally, funding will be increased for the packages of care to clients with complex and high needs."

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Felicity Dargan (Minister Andrews’ Press Secretary) 0409 550 446 or Andrea Davie (Minister Llewellyn’s Press Secretary) 0419 873 219