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Over $200,000 in respite for Territory carers.

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M e d i a R e l e a s e THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari 24th February 2009 OVER $200,000 IN RESPITE FOR TERRITORY CARERS The Hon. Warren Snowdon, member for Lingiari, today announced $244,600 to improve the provision of respite care in the Top End and Central Australia. Almost 2.6 million Australians provide care for family members or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or who are frail aged. Of these about 500,000 are primary carers - the people who provide the most care. Under the National Respite for Carers Program, both Carers NT and Frontier Services will receive $122,300 over the next two and a half years. Mr Snowdon said the Frontier Services program in Central Australia should improve the provision of culturally appropriate respite for Indigenous communities, while also delivering information to communities, and assisting with local capacity building. “Carers across the nation play an important role in Australian society. Many Territory communities rely heavily on the dedication of a few to the elderly and people with disabilities,” said Mr Snowdon. “Caring for someone full-time is physically and emotionally demanding and carers need to be able to take deserved breaks. “The $122,300 investment in Frontier Services will help create a respite co-ordination service in Alice Springs offering both information and respite care referrals. “This funding will assist them in offering new or expanded respite services to cater to specific community needs,” said Mr Snowdon. Member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP said he was also very pleased to see Carers NT receive $122,300 to ensure their continued respite work in Northern Indigenous communities. “Through this funding both Carers NT and Frontier Services will be able to ensure their programs meet the needs of individual carers and the people they care for,” Mr Snowdon said. “The Australian Government is committed to improving respite services around the country in response to the needs of our ageing population and their carers.” Media Contact: Kate Sieper 0488 484 689