Supporting elderly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem, Northern Territory

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP, has announced the successful service provider to develop and operate a new Flexible Aged Care Service in Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem in the Northern Territory.

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4 November 2016

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP, has today announced the successful service provider to develop and operate a new Flexible Aged Care Service in Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem in the Northern Territory.

“The Australian Government is committed to making sure all Australians have access to high quality, culturally appropriate aged care services, no matter where they live,” said Minister Wyatt.

“Following a competitive expression of interest process, Australian Rural and Remote Community Services Ltd has been selected to provide crucial aged care support to elderly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in East Arnhem. This service will deliver culturally appropriate services close to home and community, in ways that meet the needs of residents.

“Australian Rural and Remote Community Services Ltd has a strong history of providing high quality residential care and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities.

“The development of the new flexible aged care service in Nhulunbuy is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to improve quality and access in aged care services for our ageing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

Mr Wyatt said this new service, expected to start operation in late 2018, will be an important addition to the 32 other Flexible Aged Care Services – mainly operating in rural and remote locations – already funded through the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program.

Aged care services funded under this program include a mix of residential and home-based services, and are designed to be able to adapt as the care needs of communities change.

As an important part of the program, communities are encouraged to participate in all aspects of service provision from planning through to the operation of services.

Information about the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program can be found on the Department of Health's website.

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 4707

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