Federal Government Saves Home Care for 3500 Seniors

Federal Government Saves Home Care for 3500 Seniors

17 July 2013

The Federal Labor Government has stepped in to save home care services for Northside locals.

Around 3500 Northside seniors who risked losing their vital home care services such as cleaning, nurse visits and transport will continue to receive help in their homes thanks to the Rudd Government.

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Senator Jacinta Collins, today visited Medicare Local in Brisbane with Federal Member for Petrie Yvette DAth and announced the Australian Government will provide $17 million over the next two years to guarantee Home and Community Care Services that the Queensland Government recently walked away from.

It is disappointing that the Newman Government is pulling out of these services as well as residential aged care, given our rapidly ageing population, Senator Collins said.

The Labor Governments top priority is the health and well-being of older Australians receiving care and these people deserve to know their home care is guaranteed.

Ms DAth said: The Labor Government has acted quickly to restore this funding to ensure that no one in our area misses out.

I congratulate our Medicare Local on its great work providing invaluable services for people of all ages as well as funding for local community groups.

Lets not forget that Tony Abbott would scrap Medicare Locals if he wins government.

Under the new funding arrangement, the Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local has contracted eight local community care providers to provide the services, taking over from the Queensland Governments Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

This ensures our seniors will continue to receive the full range of home support services including help with household activities like preparing meals, cleaning, ironing and lawn mowing as well as home visits by a nurse and transport.

The Medicare Local has also partnered with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health which, for the first time, has established an integrated network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care providers in south-east Queensland to coordinate care to Indigenous people.

One member, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service, was recently allocated 19 aged care places and $12.5 million in capital grants through the 2012-13 Aged Care Approvals Round.