$3.7m in additional support to improve Indigenous aged care services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in aged care in regional, rural and remote communities will benefit from more than $3.7 million in one-off grants.

Page last updated: 13 July 2017

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10 July 20171

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in aged care in regional, rural and remote communities will benefit from more than $3.7 million in one-off grants.

The grants, in response to funding applications, are provided to aged care services across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt said the grants, under the Australian Government’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (NATSIFACP), were in addition to the $33.5 million the program provides annually for service delivery.

“The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program is designed specifically to improve services to elderly Indigenous people, mainly in remote locations,” Minister Wyatt said.

“These grants will provide practical assistance to 18 aged care services to improve the lives of their elderly care recipients.

“They will ensure that buildings are appropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural activities, customs, ceremonies and family visits.”

The grants also give providers an opportunity to refurbish or upgrade living spaces for clients or staff, buy a range of necessary equipment for kitchens or laundries, and to fulfil medical or security requirements.

“The Government’s reform vision is to deliver integrated aged care services not only to major centres, but also to small regional and remote communities,” Minister Wyatt said.

“We want aged care that is flexible, non-discriminatory and culturally appropriate, no matter where people live, and inclusive of elderly Indigenous Australians who are among our most vulnerable citizens.”

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

Recipients of the additional NATSIFACP funding include:

    • Malandari Flexible Aged Care Service, Borroloola
    • Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Aged Care Service, Docker River
    • Pulkapulkka Kari Nursing Home and Hostel, Tennant Creek
    • Mulakunya Flexible Aged Care Service, Nguiu Tiwi Island
    • Kintore Aged Care Service, Kintore
    • Seaview Village Aged Care, Thevenard
    • Tjilpiku Pampaku Ngura Aged Care Service, APY lands
    • Tullawon Aged Care, Yalata
    • Wami Kata Old Folks Home, Pt Augusta
    • Aboriginal Elders Village, Davoren Park
    • Jack Towney Hostel, Gilgandra
    • Injilinji Aged Care Service, Mt Isa
    • Georgina Margaret Davidson-Thompson Hostel, Morningside
    • Sandy Boyd Hostel, Palm Island
    • Guwardi Ngadu Frail Aged Hostel, Fitzroy Crossing
    • Kungkarrangkalpa Aged Care Service, Wanarn
    • Rumbalara Multi-Aged Care Complex, Mooroopna
    • Iris Lovett Gardiner Centre, East Brunswick
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1 Updated 13/7/2017 to include all providers who received the additional funding.


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