Title $30,000 for Respite for Carers in Sthn Highland Region.
Database Press Releases
Date 24-06-2002
Author NAIRN, Gary
Citation Id 6UCA6
Cover date Monday, 24 June 2002
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Item Online Text: 978895
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$30,000 for Respite for Carers in Sthn Highland Region.

Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 714 Published: 24/6/2002 Title: $30,000 for Respite for Carers in Sthn Highland Region

Gary Nairn today welcomed an announcement by the Federal Minister for Ageing, Kevin Andrews, that more respite care will be available to carers of older Australians as part of an $8 million two-year funding packaged.

The total package earmarks $1 million in 2002-02 and $3 million in 2002-03 to expand respite services in the community including in-home respite care, day centre respite, host family and peer support respite.

A further $4 million has been allocated for Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres across the country to enable them to directly reserve and purchase residential respite places and other emergency and short-term respite on behalf of carers.

Gary Nairn said that funding of $30,000 would be directed to the Southern Highlands Carer Respite Centre, based in Queanbeyan, to expand respite services in the community.

Carer Respite Centres help carers to understand and access respite care. Respite provides a break from the caring role. Respite care can be provided in the home, in the community or in a wide range of residential homes or facilities. Carer Respite Centres do not provide respite care; instead they help arrange and coordinate respite for carers from existing services. They can use brokerage funds to buy respite for carers in an emergency.

“These additional brokerage funds will help meet carer’s emergency and unplanned respite needs. They will be used by the Carer Respite Centre to purchase respite care when there are no appropriate or available services in the region; the carer urgently needs support in an emergency; or it is the most appropriate response to meeting the carer’s needs.

“The Federal Government recognises and appreciates the significant contribution that carers make to the quality of lives of frail older Australians and the community as a whole,” Gary Nairn concluded.

Ends Monday, 24 June 2002 For further information contact Gary Nairn on 02 6297 3952