Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in aged care at the Sandy Boyd Hostel on Palm Island will benefit from one-off grants totalling $17,911.25.
The funding is part of the $3.7 million allocated under the Australian Government’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program, in response to applications from aged care providers mainly in remote locations across Australia.
Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the funding would be used to purchase medical, mobility and larger kitchen equipment.
“This one-off funding will assist the elderly aged care recipients on Palm Island in very practical ways, ensuring a culturally sensitive, well serviced and comfortable environment for both residents and visitors,” Senator Macdonald said.
Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM MP, said the program was designed specifically to improve services to elderly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mainly in remote locations.
“We want aged care that is flexible, non-discriminatory and culturally appropriate, no matter where people live, and inclusive of elderly Indigenous Australians who are among our most vulnerable citizens.”
Senator Macdonald said the grant is a welcome addition to the $33.5 million the Australian Government’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program provides annually for service delivery mainly in remote areas.
“The funding helps bring flexible and integrated aged care services not only to major centres, but also to our aged community in regional areas such as the north,” Senator Macdonald said.