Additional 46 aged care places for Port Macquarie
The Federal Government is providing an additional $649 million per year to create 9,911 new residential aged care places with Cowper set to benefit.
Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is pleased to announce that this means an additional 46 residential care places in Port Macquarie, worth in excess of $3 million.
“I welcome the news of the funding through the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round and that Sienna Grange Aged Care and Pozieres Aged Care will be funded to provide expanded aged care services,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“With our rapidly ageing population, the Australian Government is committed to providing a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of our older Australians,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Cowper is one of many regional areas across Australia that will benefit, with 27.4 per cent of all residential places allocated to non-metropolitan areas.
“Approximately 55% of locals are over the age of 55 so it’s very important that money is invested locally in Aged Care places and facilities.”
The new residential aged care places follow the announcement of 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places made available through the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round in February 2017.
These Short-Term Restorative Care places, worth an estimated total expenditure of up to $34.7 million a year, provide flexible aged care options that will help older people remain in their own homes for longer after injury or illness.
“Australians want greater choice and control over the care they receive and these changes do exactly that,” Mr Hartsuyker added.
Information about the 2016−17 Aged Care Approvals Round outcomes, including details of the successful approved providers, is available on the https://agedcare.health.gov.au/2016-17acar/results.