Minister visits Fairview Nursing Home
Federal Minister for Ageing Julie Bishop and Federal Member for Gwydir John Anderson met with residents, staff and management of Fairview Nursing Home during a visit to Moree to discuss local aged care services.
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The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Ageing
The Hon John Anderson MP
Member for Gwydir
22 July 2005
Federal Minister for Ageing Julie Bishop and Federal Member for Gwydir John Anderson today met with residents, staff and management of Fairview Nursing Home during a visit to Moree to discuss local aged care services.
Ms Bishop congratulated Fairview, operated by Moree Care for the Aged Association, for its commitment to providing local residents with high quality care and accommodation in the local community.
“As our population ages, more older Australians will want to remain in their home and local communities, particularly if they live in rural Australia, and do not wish to move to metropolitan areas,” Ms Bishop said.
“That is why the Australian is providing special help to aged care facilities in smaller rural centres, including expanding respite care and services for people still living in their own homes.
“It is why the Australian Government allocated and funded 17 extra high care places for Fairview earlier this year, along with $4 million to enable the home to upgrade to meet new standards.”
Fairview Nursing Home currently has 41 high-care places, with 39 low-care places in the hostel. In 2004-05 the Australian Government provided more than $2.8 million in annual recurrent funding for the services.
Mr Anderson said he was delighted the Australian Government was providing Fairview with additional funds and places.
“Last month Fairview received more than $78,000 in a one-off Australian Government payment to help the home take advantage of new technology, as well as improve efficiency and staff training.
“This year the Australian Government is also offering more than 500 new community and residential aged care places to the Aged Care Planning Regions covering parts of the Gwydir electorate, as part of more than 1080 new aged care places to be offered over the next three years.
“Through this funding and new places, the Australian Government is helping to ensure that older Australians in Moree and in country regions across Australian can remain in their local community as they age.”
Rachael Thompson (Ms Bishop) 0417 265 289
Mandy Swain (Mr Anderson) 0428 423155
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