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More funding for aged care assessment teams: Murray Mallee.

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Press Release


Wednesday, 9 August 2006

Federal Member for Barker. Mr Patrick Secker MP, is delighted that the Australian Government will provide more than $5.7 million next financial year for the aged care assessment process for older people in South Australia.

The funding represents an increase of nearly 10 per cent on funding provided for South Australian Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) in 2005-2006. It is part of the Australian Government’s national funding of more than $61.4 million for the Aged Care Assessment Program in the coming year.

Specifically in the Barker Electorate, the Murray Mallee Aged Care Assessment Team will receive $159,808 in funding for 2006-07.

Mr Secker said the increase in funding mirrored the increasing demand on ACATs due to the ageing of the population in South Australia.

“ACATs are the gatekeepers to the aged care system and play a vital role in determining the needs and eligibility of older Australians seeking aged care services,” Mr Secker said.

“Obviously, as more of us move into the upper age brackets, the workload on ACATs is expanding. This extra funding for the Murray Mallee ACAT will ensure that there are resources available to meet that demand and maintain the quality services.”

Multidisciplinary ACAT teams can include health professionals, social workers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. They consider the needs of frail older people and may recommend residential aged care, a Community Aged Care Package, an Extended Aged Care at Home Package or a referral to other community services.