Hon Judi Moylan

Respite boost for Pearce carers

Older Australians and their carers in Pearce will have easier access to respite care and carer support with the announcement of new Australian Government funding contracts for community care, Member for Pearce Judi Moylan announced today. “Respite services enable carers of older people to take a break from their demanding and challenging caring role,” Ms Moylan said. “By providing funding for respite services, the Australian Government is helping to ensure that carers can continue to provide the care which enables hundreds of thousands of older Australians to remain living at home and in their community. “The new funding arrangements are part of the Australian Government’s initiatives under the A New Strategy for Community Care – The Way Forward document released by the Federal Minister for Ageing, Hon Julie Bishop. “The Way Forward outlined ways to streamline community care, making it easier for people to access the care they need, including respite care, and reducing administration and duplication for service providers. “Under the new arrangements the Australian Government is providing funding for two aged care providers to offer respite services for local residents.” NRCP Services * Alzheimer’s Australia WA Ltd (at York) will receive recurrent funding of $204,461 in 2005-06, an increase to $208,959 in 2006-07 and an increase to $213,556 in 2007-08 for the Mobile Dementia Respite Team project. * The Town of Northam (for the Killarra Adult Day Centre) will receive recurrent funding of $107,500 in 2005-06, an increase to $149,500 in 2006-07 and an increase to $182,000 in 2007-08 through the Killara Carer Respite Services project at Northam. “In addition to new and innovative respite services, the Australian Government is also providing $182 million over the next three years through the National Respite for Carers Program and the Commonwealth Carelink Program to make it easier for carers to access information about community care and access to respite services,” she said. * Silver Chain Nursing Association covering the Wheatbelt region will receive recurrent funding of $514,310 in 2005-06, an increase to $525,625 in 2006-07 and an increase to $537,189 in 2007-08 for the Combined Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre and Commonwealth Carelink Centre project. “By co-locating Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres, and Commonwealth Carelink Centres in most areas, the Australian Government is making it easier for carers to access respite as well as information about aged care services,” she said. “The successful respite service providers have demonstrated innovative, efficient and simpler service delivery arrangements, as outlined in A New Strategy for Community Care – The Way Forward. “I am extremely pleased to announce this funding, which will benefit many people in the Pearce electorate.”

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