$3 Million Lift For Rural and Remote Aged Care Services

The Australian Government’s commitment to aged care services for senior Australians living in rural and remote areas has been boosted by more than $3 million.

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19 December 2017

The Turnbull Government’s commitment to aged care services for senior Australians living in rural and remote areas has been boosted by more than $3 million.

The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, today announced that 18 services in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia will receive additional funding under the Flexible Aged Care Places Allocations Round for Multi-Purpose Services (MPS).

“This investment will help ensure more senior Australians have access to high-quality, higher-level aged care services,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Multi-Purpose Services play a critical role in small rural communities, many of which cannot support a stand-alone hospital or aged care facility.”

The funding will also support establishment of a new service in Bonalbo, NSW.

“It is important that senior Australians with increasing care needs are able to stay close to friends and family and the communities they have built their lives around,” said Minister Wyatt.

“This funding will allow these MPS to deliver the care that rural, regional and remote seniors deserve.”

The MPS program is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments.

“Offering flexibility and maximising care choice for all Australians, whether they live in city or country areas, is fundamental to the Turnbull Government’s age care reforms,” said Minister Wyatt.

For details on the new funding allocations, visit the Department of Health's website.

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

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