Minister Elliot Visits Hawthorn Village - Hobart
The Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, has visited Hawthorn Village, an aged care facility in Blackmans Bay in Hobart’s south, where a 13-bed dementia wing was constructed with the assistance of a $1 million capital grant from the Australian Government.
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7 July 2010
Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot and Member for Franklin Julie Collins today visited Hawthorn Village, an aged care facility in Blackmans Bay in Hobart’s south.
Minister Elliot and Ms Collins toured the 13-bed dementia wing that was constructed with the assistance of a $1 million capital grant from the Gillard Government.
Minister Elliot said: “We believe older Australians deserve better. Better health services and better aged care services and that is why we are getting on with the job of reforming our health, hospitals and aged care system.
“Older Australians are among the first and the biggest beneficiaries of the Government’s health reforms.
“Local Hospital Networks, local aged care services and primary care services will work together to provide better care to older Australians,” Minister Elliot said.
Minister Elliot outlined to residents and staff that the Government’s investment of more than $900 million over the next four years will help to build a national aged care system covering basic care at home through to high level residential care.
Julie Collins said: “Almost 15 per cent of Tasmania’s population is aged 65 years. The Government’s reforms will build a health system that people can rely on, one that extends care beyond the hospital door.
“We are building a national aged care system with more aged care places, more highly skilled aged care workers, better access to GP and health services and stronger protections for those receiving care.
“The Government is also making it easier for older Australians and their carers to find the services that best suit their need by establishing one-stop shops for aged care information and assessment,” Ms Collins said.
The Gillard Government is reforming aged care. We are taking full funding and policy responsibility to build a nationally consistent system. This national system will be supported by one-stop shops for better access to services, more highly qualified staff, more aged care places, better access to GP and primary care and stronger protections for older Australians receiving care.
For more information, contact Mrs Elliot's office on (02) 6277 7280
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