McCormack welcomes funding of new aged care places

27 June 2017

Aged care funding is an important priority for any community and one the Federal Government takes very seriously according to the Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack.

Mr McCormack has welcomed the allocation of funding for aged care places in both Wagga Wagga and Temora, indicating that Temora and Wagga Wagga are set to benefit from the recent announcement made by Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt.

The Liberals and Nationals in Government are providing an additional $649 million per year to create 9,911 new residential aged care places across the country and Mr McCormack said it was an important investment which he fully supported.

“Its great news that local organisations in the Riverina will receive funding through the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round,” Mr McCormack said.

The Whiddon Group in Temora will be funded for 50 places and Wagga Wagga Community Aged Care will have 94 funded places.

“This funding will allow the Whiddon Group and Wagga Wagga Community Aged Care to provide new aged care services or to enable them to expand their current facilities.

“Given our rapidly ageing population, the Federal Government is committed to providing a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of our older Australians.

“I was pleased to meet with Minister Ken Wyatt at Parliament this week and was delighted the Riverina is one of many rural and regional areas across Australia that will benefit from this funding, with 27.4 per cent of all residential places allocated to non-metropolitan areas.”

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.

Information about the 2016−17 Aged Care Approvals Round outcomes, including details of the successful approved providers, is available by visiting: www.agedcare.health.gov.au/2016-17acar/results or contacting Mr McCormack’s electorate office.

Dom Hopkinson