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765 new aged care places for SA residents.



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The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

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15 December 2005 JB196/05

765 new aged care places for SA residents

Older people in South Australia will benefit from 765 new aged care places in the latest allocation of subsidised places by the Australian Government, the Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, said today.

The new places provide an increased emphasis on care for those in rural and regional areas, older people from non-English speaking backgrounds, people living with dementia, people who are financially or socially disadvantaged and people able to receive care at home.

A total of 62 aged care services in South Australia have been allocated extra places in the 2005 Aged Care Approvals Round. The new places will bring to 20,520 the total number of aged care places allocated to South Australia.

Ms Bishop said the latest approvals represented an estimated annual recurrent funding in South Australia of $17.9 million. In addition, the government has allocated capital grants of $1.14 million to support the building or maintenance of aged care facilities by South Australia’s aged care providers.

She said 472 of the new places were for high or low level community aged care services - provided in people’s own homes or the community. These included 339 Community Aged Care Packages (equivalent to hostel-type care) and 75 Extended Aged Care at Home packages (equivalent to high-level residential care).

In addition, 293 new places are being provided for older South Australians in residential aged care facilities.

“Most of these new places for South Australia recognise the increasing desire of older Australians to remain in their own home and local community. It will enable them to receive care when and where they need it,” Ms Bishop said.

“A total of 226 (29 per cent) of the places have a particular focus on the provision of care in regional, rural and remote areas of the state. More than 280 places (38 per cent) will provide care for people with special needs, including 105 places for people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

“This approval round includes 58 new Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia packages for people in South Australia with high level care needs, as well as more than 190 other community or residential places with a dementia focus.

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“There are 116 places to provide care for people who are financially or socially disadvantaged and 33 places to care for veterans.

“With these new approvals, the government is on track to meet its 2001 election commitment of providing 200,000 operational aged care places nationwide by June 2006,” Ms Bishop said.

Media contact: Murray Hansen 0417 886 155

NOTE TO EDITORS

Table: 2005 Aged Care Approvals Round - allocation of places and grants

*Please note - A small number of places are yet to be allocated.

Additional information: www.health.gov.au/acar2005

State or Territory

Residential places

Community places

TOTAL of all places

Recurrent funds ($m)

Capital grants ($m)

TOTAL

($m)

Community Care grants ($m)

NSW 1,971 1,809 3,780 81.78 11.85 93.63 0.655

VIC 868 1,528 2,396 57.53 9.68 67.21 0.255

QLD 1,382 1,188 2,570 60.17 8.10 68.27 0.563

WA 297 582 879 19.06 2.21 21.27 0.047

SA 293 472 765 17.93 1.14 19.07 0.213

TAS 126 135 261 6.27 6.53 12.80 0.029

ACT 185 75 260 6.62 - 6.62 -

NT 20 50 70 2.09 0.50 2.59 -

TOTALS 5,142 5,839 10,981* $251.45m $40.01m $291.46m $1.76m