More than 30 new aged care places will be delivered in the electorate of Durack, worth an estimated $800 000, following the conclusion of the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).
Melissa Price, Federal Member for Durack, said the additional places will go some way to helping meet demand for quality aged care services in our community.
“I am personally very pleased with this outcome,” Ms Price said.
“I have been conducting aged care round-tables in Durack in places like Geraldton, Carnarvon and in the northern Wheatbelt and have been pushing hard in Canberra for an increase in aged care places in the electorate.
“Older Australians in Durack will benefit from 29 new home care places that will help them stay at home longer.
“There will also be three new residential aged care places in Roebourne in the Pilbara.
“This is a good start with more homecare places for Geraldton and Broome and surrounds, and more residential places in Roebourne.
“However we have to keep up the work and ensure the needs of older Australians right across Durack, from the Kimberley to the northern Wheatbelt, are being met.
“The Government believes older Australians want and deserve to have the support and care they need to live active and healthy lives, and to continue to choose the aged care services they need.
“I am pleased that new aged care places will help meet the growing needs of older Australians in Durack.”
The ACAR is the process that allocates funding for new Government residential aged care and home care places and for capital grants each year.
More information on the 2014 ACAR is available at: www.dss.gov.au/2014ACAR