Hon Judi Moylan

Moylan and Bishop present $123,316 cheque for Kalkarni Residency at Brookton

Residents of the Kalkarni Residency aged care facility in Brookton will benefit from Australian Government funding to ensure improved fire safety and building standards. The Federal Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop and the Federal Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan, presented a cheque for $123,316 while visiting Kalkarni Residency today. “This funding, which represents $3,500 per resident, is part of more than $513 million delivered to aged care providers in a one-off payment in June 2004 to help them improve fire and safety standards in aged care homes,” Ms Bishop said. “The one-off payment was part of the Australian Government’s $2.2 billion record funding package, Investing in Australia’s Aged Care: More Places, Better Care, announced in the 2004 Budget.” Ms Moylan said Kalkarni Residency could use the funding for fire safety measures such as installing fire sprinklers, updating fire safety equipment, engaging a professional fire safety consultant or improving fire safety training for staff. “This funding will mean that people at the Kalkarni residency will continue to receive high quality care in appropriate and safe surroundings,” Ms Moylan said. “The home may also decide to use the funding to upgrade buildings to meet benchmarks set by the 10-year forward plan for 2008 building certification,” she said. While visiting, Ms Bishop also addressed the Friends of Kalkarni and St Marks, a community based organisation that runs fundraising events to purchase extra goods and services for the residents of Kalkarni Residency. “I value the opportunity to meet with this group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to helping provide quality aged care to local older Australians,” Ms Bishop said. “The Australian Government is also committed to quality aged care and this funding will give local residents and their families peace of mind, knowing that their aged care homes will continue to meet these stringent standards.” The Australian Government’s Investing in Australia’s Aged Care package includes: • an extra $877.8 million, on top of the annually-indexed care subsidy, to aged care providers to help them continue to provide quality care and pay competitive wages to staff; • an extra 27,900 new aged care places over the next three years, including 13,030 in 2004-05 – in Western Australia this will mean 1,890 places over the next three years, including 770 in 2004-05; • almost $1 billion, including $513 million in June 2004, in extra Australian Government funding for aged care providers to build new homes and upgrade existing ones to meet 2008 standards particularly in relation to fire and safety; and • more than $100 million for increased education and training opportunities for aged care nurses and other staff, including to enable up to 1,700 students to undertake nursing training at universities that demonstrate their ability to meet aged care nursing education benchmarks Through the package the Australian Government is delivering on its vision for a world class system of aged care that provides high quality, affordable and accessible services that meet the individual needs and preferences of older Australians in Brookton and across the country. Media contacts: Rachael Thompson ( Ms Bishop) 02 6277 7280 or 0417 265 289 Sam Scott (Ms Moylan) 08 9250 2533


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