Barnaby Joyce

More Commonwealth Home Support services for New England

 

15 March 2017

 

More older Australians will be able to continue to live independently at home and in their communities with $115 million in extra aged-care funding support from the Australian Government - approximately $1.37 million has been allocated to the New England Electorate.

 

The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, has announced that approximately 245 organisations across Australia will receive funding to deliver additional aged-care services nationally through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Growth Funding Round.

 

“The CHSP supports more than 640,000 older people - 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - across Australia to live at home and maintain their independence,” Minister Wyatt said.

 

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce welcomed the announcement and said that helping people to stay in the communities they grew up in, or worked in all their lives, was a great way to keep communities strong.

 

“Older people assessed as needing assistance with household chores, preparing meals, personal care and home maintenance will get the help they need to stay at home near family and friends,” Mr Joyce said.

 

“The additional money could fund extra transport services to take people to appointments as well as social events which are very important for an older person’s happiness and wellbeing. 

 

“I’m delighted that the New England Electorate has received funding for additional services so our older residents get the care and attention they deserve,” Mr Joyce said.

 

More information about the CHSP Growth Funding Round is available at:

 

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/chsp-grant-round-feedback

 

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