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$500,000 boost for southern carers.

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Andrew Southcott MP

Federal Member for Boothby

$500,000 boost for southern carers

19 March 2003

Carers in the southern suburbs will receive more respite services as part of a $19.3 million national funding increase over the next 18 months, the Federal Member for Boothby, Andrew Southcott, said today.

The South & East Metropolitan Carer Respite Centre at Bedford Park has received $553,456 in additional funding as part of the allocation.

“Carers are unsung heroes who deserve the highest praise and recognition for their selfless dedication and hard work,” Dr Southcott, who is Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Ageing said.

“Many don’t receive the respite and time to themselves that ordinary people take for granted. This extra funding will help the Carer Respite Centre provide greater respite to a greater number of carers in the electorate of Boothby.

“The funding will be used in very practical ways such as affording carers more frequent days off when required, enabling carers to attend information and education sessions, and providing them with access to support groups.”

It will also help carers meet the gap in the costs of residential care when it is required.

General Manager of the South & East Metropolitan Carer Respite Centre, Peter Sparrow, said the centre had about 3500 carers on its books.

“This funding will enable us to offer respite to an additional number of carers. It will also enable us to improve the quality and range of services for carers,” Mr Sparrow said.

Dr Southcott said today’s announcement of an extra $19.3 million reflected the Australian Government’s commitment to carers in their important role.

The additional funding - which will be available to the 63 Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres across the country - represents a 37 per cent funding increase.

Today’s funding boost follows a $13.6 million increase announced three weeks ago to provide more respite care and counselling services to carers, particularly those in rural and remote areas.

Carers can get in touch with their nearest Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre by phoning 1800 059 059.

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