3780 new aged care places for NSW residents
Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, has announced that older people in NSW will benefit from 3780 new aged care places in the latest allocation of subsidised places by the Australian Government.
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15 December 2005
Older people in NSW will benefit from 3780 new aged care places in the latest allocation of subsidised places by the Australian Government, the Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, announced today.
The new places provide an increased emphasis on care for those in rural and regional areas, for people living with dementia and for people able to receive care at home.
Almost 200 aged care services in NSW have been allocated extra places in the 2005 Aged Care Approvals Round, bringing to 78,911 the total number of aged care places allocated to NSW.
Ms Bishop said the latest approvals represent an investment in annual recurrent funding in NSW of $81.8 million. In addition, the government has allocated capital grants of $11.85 million to support NSW aged care providers.
Ms Bishop said 1809 of the new places (48 per cent) were for high or low level community aged care services and 1971 were new residential places.
"These new places for NSW recognise the increasing desire of older Australians to remain in their own home and local community and will enable them to receive care when and where they need it," Ms Bishop said.
"The majority of the places, some 2400 (60 per cent) have a focus on the provision of care in regional, rural and remote areas of the state. A further 860 places (22.7 per cent) are focussed on care for people with special needs, including 489 for people from non-English speaking backgrounds and 163 for veterans.
"This approval round includes 225 new Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia packages with a specific focus on the provision of high level care, as well as more than 550 other community or residential places with a dementia focus.
"With these new approvals, the government is well on track to meet its 2001 election commitment of providing 200,000 operational aged care places nationwide by June 2006," Ms Bishop said.
Media contact: Murray Hansen 0417 886 155
Note to Editors
Table: 2005 Aged Care Approvals Round - allocation of places and grants
Community Care grants
*Please note - A small number of places are yet to be allocated.
Additional information: www.health.gov.au/acar2005
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