$3m funding boost for NSW, VIC, SA providers

An additional $3 million in funding has been made available for rural and remote providers in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, announced the funding boost yesterday which will see additional funding for 18 providers 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.

ACSA CEO, Pat Sparrow, welcomed the announcement, saying rural and Remote providers, including those operating as a Multi-Purpose Service, often face a higher cost base in delivering services that are the life blood of their communities.

“The funding of all rural and remote providers needs to be addressed by the Government as a matter of urgency,” Ms. Sparrow said.

“One thing Government could do easily and quickly is to adopt recommendation 32 of the Legislated (Tune) Review of Aged Care 2017.”

“A review the Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) program which aims to better align service delivery models in rural and remote areas, create greater consistency of services for older Australians living in those areas and ensure any future funding is properly targeted, will start the process of ensuring sustainability for rural and remote services.”

“Older Australians relying on these services need the certainty of ongoing service delivery from viable providers and funding needs to protect and ensure that consistency of care.”

The services that will receive the funding are:

ProviderAged care planning regionMPS ServiceNew flexible places
Northern NSW Local Health District

 

Far North CoastBonalbo

 

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Western NSW LHDCentral WestGrenfell3
Western NSW LHDOrana Far WestNyngan5
Western NSW LHDCentral WestTullamore1
Western NSW LHDOrana Far WestTrangie3
Hunter New England LHDNew EnglandBoggabri1
Hunter New England LHDNew EnglandManilla6
Hunter New England LHDNew EnglandMerriwa2
Murrumbidgee LHDRiverina MurrayUrana3
Murrumbidgee LHDRiverina MurryJerilderie5
Murrumbidgee LHDRiverina MurrayTumbarumba3
Timboon and District Health Care ServiceBarwon-South WesternTimboon6
Country Health SAEyre PeninsulaCeduna6
Country Health SAEyre PeninsulaEastern Eyre – Cleve7
Country Health SAEyre PeninsulaEastern Eyre – Cowell5
Country Health SAEyre PeninsulaEastern Eyre – Kimba1
Country Health SAYorke, Lower North and BarossaLower North – Snowtown2
Country Health SAYorke, Lower North and BarossaBurra2
Country Health SAHills, Mallee and SouthernMallee – Karoonda2

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