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Help begins at home - $7.35 million extra for South Australian Home and Community\nCare.

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Joint Media Release The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

The Hon Jay Weatherill MHA Minister for Ageing

23 April 2004 JB057/04

Help begins at home - $7.35 million extra for South Australian Home and Community Care

A $7.35 million funding boost to Home and Community Care services will help deliver an extra 25,000 hours of domestic assistance and more than 48,000 hours of personal assistance with daily tasks for older South Australians and younger people with disabilities throughout the state.

The Australian Government Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and the South Australian Minister for Ageing, Jay Weatherill, announced the extra services today as part of a range of South Australian projects to receive support under the funding boost to the Home and Community Care program.

The increase brings the total funding for Home and Community Care services in South Australia to more than $102 million this financial year - an increase of more than 7% over last year. The Australian Government has contributed almost $64 million and the South Australian Government will provide almost $40 million in 2003-04.

Ms Bishop said Home and Community Care was a central element of the Australian Government's vision for a world class aged care system that delivered high quality, affordable and accessible care to meet the individual needs of older Australians and their carers.

“By funding these services we are helping to create caring communities and fulfil the

aspirations of older South Australians who are increasingly seeking to live as independently as possible in their own homes,” Ms Bishop said.

With Home and Community Care services, including house cleaning, shopping services and social visits, many older South Australians who would otherwise have to move into residential care facilities will now be able to remain at home.”

Mr Weatherill said the new funding would help more than 100 new and existing Home and Community Care providers to deliver much needed services across South Australia.

“The additional Home and Community Care funds will make many vital services available where they are most needed, in a way that delivers value for money,” Mr Weatherill said.

“This includes providing support to our Indigenous communities, frail older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those in rural and remote communities. “This will ensure the services benefit as many people as possible.”

Across the country the Australian Government will contribute $732.4 million to Home and Community Care services this financial year. All state and territory governments have agreed to contribute to the Australian Government’s offer so that a total of $1.2 billion will be available nationally.

Media contacts: Rachael Thompson (Ms Bishop) 02 6277 7280 or 0417 265 289 Kate Hannon (Mr Weatherill) 08 8463 3477 or 0418 481 158

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