Minister visits Coonabarabran aged care home
The Federal Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and Federal Member for Gwydir John Anderson, met with residents and staff of the Cooinda Nursing Home and Hostel in Coonabarabran during a tour of aged care facilities in the federal electorate of Gwydir.
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The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Ageing
The Hon John Anderson MP
Member for Gwydir
22 July 2005
The Federal Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and Federal Member for Gwydir John Anderson, today met with residents and staff of the Cooinda Nursing Home and Hostel in Coonabarabran during a tour of aged care facilities in the federal electorate of Gwydir.
Ms Bishop congratulated Cooinda Coonabarabran Limited, the community-based organisation which runs both facilities, on expanding the home’s high-care capacity.
“In the latest aged care approval round, announced in March, Cooinda Nursing received Australian Government funding for an extra 12 high-care beds, along with $500,000 to help the home build and upgrade to accommodate the new places,” Ms Bishop said.
“This will increase the home’s high-care capacity by 50 per cent, ensuring local residents can remain in their local community even as their aged care needs increase.”
Mr Anderson said the Australian Government provided the home with more than $2.1 million each year to subsidise the cost of care of its low and high care residents.
“In addition, I was pleased to announce recently that Cooinda Nursing Home has received a one-off Australian Government payment of $25,000, and the Hostel received $35,700, to help the services take advantage of information technology, improve their business practices, and increase staff training, particularly in dementia care,” Mr Anderson said.
“Through these extra places and funding, the Australian Government, in cooperation with services like Cooinda, and local communities, is helping toenable local residents to remain in communities like Coonabarabran, as they age.
“I am also delighted that the Minister accepted my invitation to visit our region to meet with local aged care residents, staff and management to hear first hand of the issues facing our community.”
Representatives of Lundie House (Gunnedah), McAuley Aged Care Facility (Gunnedah), Alkira Hostel (Gunnedah), Coolah Hostel (Coolah), and Koonambil (Coonamble) also attended today’s forum.
Rachael Thompson (Ms Bishop) 0417 265 289
Mandy Swain (Mr Anderson) 0428 423155
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