Media Release 18 March 2016 – $1.7 million boost creates 43 new aged care places in Menzies

18 March 2016

 $1.7 million boost creates 43 new aged care places in Menzies

Older Australians in Menzies will benefit from a substantial increase in funding for

aged care services, with the Australian Government announcing over 17,000 new care places across the nation worth an estimated $910 million.

 

Following the announcement of the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round, Kevin Andrews

welcomed news 43 places had been created locally following a competitive application process conducted by the Department of Health.

 

“There is a strong demand for aged care in Menzies and these additional places are essential in ensuring our elderly receive the quality care they deserve.”

 

“These new home care places help our elderly remain in their own home and receive the

care they need, which is particularly important for anyone with high-level needs,” Mr Andrews said.

 

This is the last ACAR to include home care places. From February 2017 funding will follow the consumer not the provider, allowing people to choose the care which suits their individual needs, to then direct funding to that provider.

 

“Australians want greater choice and control over the care they receive and the changes to home care we’ve created do exactly that,” Mr Andrews said.

 

More information about the results of the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round is available at www.dss.gov.au/2015ACAR