Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

    Improvement grants for aged care services

    2/02/2016 6:00 AM
    • Up to $19 million available to improve residential aged care and dementia care
    • Grants available in Great Southern, Goldfields, Mid-West, South-West and Wheatbelt regions
    • Part of Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by Royalties for Regions 

    Aged care organisations are invited to apply for one-off grants aimed at helping older people living in regional towns, remain independent and engaged in their community.


    The grants, worth $19 million, are part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative and made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the funds would be available to private and not-for-profit organisations, able to enhance facilities and services that help regional people stay living in their communities as they age.


    "There is a global focus on how best to cater for people as they age and to ensure they remain healthy, active and engaged in the community," Dr Hames said.


    "This is also supported through age friendly communities and age-appropriate housing where older people can maintain links to social networks and activities, in an environment that is familiar, safe and secure."


    Proposals which reflect contemporary aged care practices, partnerships and investment beyond the allocated grant will be considered favourably.  Information about the grants can be accessed on the Tenders WA website.


    Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said it was important to provide regional seniors with the opportunity to remain in their communities as they age.


    "The best residential aged care options are strengthened through collaboration and therefore, I encourage eligible private providers to apply for these grants," Ms Davies said.


    "Royalties for Regions is transforming the way health and aged care services are delivered in regional WA, to ensure the sustainability of our regional communities."


    Fact File

    • The Federal Government has overarching responsibility for aged care throughout Australia and is introducing a raft of changes to the sector over 10 years
    • The WA Country Health Service supports the concept of ageing in place, which makes it easier for older people to stay socially and physically connected with their community
    • For more information, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland  

    Health Minister's office - 6552 5300

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700