$18m investment to transform aged care in the Northern Territory

Pearl Supported Care, Darwin, NT

Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) Inc. has revealed an ambitious plan for an $18 million expansion of its NT aged care services, set to enhance the delivery of healthcare and ageing options in Darwin.

The expansion will be centred at the Pearl Supported Care facility in Fannie Bay and will comprise a purpose-built unit designed to cater to dementia patients and an age-friendly Health and Wellness Centre. This transformative project aims to address the growing demand for quality aged care services in the Northern Territory.

The Northern Territory is now Australia’s fastest ageing population. The number of Territorians aged over 65 is set to increase from around 20,000 in 2021 to 35,000 in 2041, we need to make sure our seniors are taken care of in their later years.”

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Natasha Fyles

The initiative includes the addition of a specialised dementia-friendly unit equipped with 26 new aged care beds. The design of the unit incorporates cutting-edge principles for dementia-friendly environments, ensuring residents’ comfort and safety.

Southern Cross Care’s CEO, David Moran, highlighted the significance of the project, “This is a transformational project for aged care in the Northern Territory, it will support the delivery of our Better for Life vision for residents while delivering an enhanced working environment for valued staff.”

Funding for the project has been made possible through a capital grant from the Commonwealth Government. The Northern Territory Government has also contributed by providing land for the new facilities adjacent to the existing Pearl Supported Care home.


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