Thursday, 31 January 2018
Life-changing Aged Care Places for Senior Australians in Northern Australia
Senator Macdonald has welcomed the additional short-term restorative care places announced by the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, as part of the record 2018–19 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).
“This Government knows how important it is to support our Senior Australians, and by increasing our Short-term restorative care places we are able to help seniors remain living independently in their own homes,” Senator Macdonald said.
In total, 775 new short-term restorative care places will be allocated across Australia, 350 in 2018–19, with the remaining 425 places to be allocated in 2019-20. The Australian Government is investing an estimated $58 million each year in these new places. This is on top of the $34.7 million made available by the Liberal National Government for short-term restorative care in 2017–18.
“It is great to see Northern Australia receiving these much-needed services. There are 81 places that have been allocated to services located across Northern Australia. This new availability will ensure that senior Australians can maintain their independence, continuing to live in their communities with the family and friends.”
The Liberal National Government has invested an extra $1 billion a year in aged care services since 2013 and is continuing its record investment, with increases of more than $5.5 billion over the next four years.
Senator Macdonald said that what was clear was that good economic management, coupled with strong policy has given the Government the ability to best serve the Australian people and Northern Australia is clearly a big aspect of that with this investment in Aged Care.