Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    Extra funding to support the elderly and people with disabilities

    8/01/2008 3:28 PM
     
    8/01/08

    Funding for programs which help elderly and disabled Western Australians live independently at home for longer has been boosted by $13million this financial year to $166million.

    Western Australian Health Minister Jim McGinty said the extra funding represented a nine per cent increase on the previous year.

    “The Home and Community Care (HACC) programs make the difference between frail aged and people with disabilities living comfortably at home and having to move prematurely into a residential care facility,” Mr McGinty said.

    “It’s much better for the individual and the community as a whole if people can be supported to live in their own home for as long as possible.

    “WA has an ageing population and it is important that we continue to expand our services that care for people in their later years, along with people with disabilities.”

    HACC is a jointly funded program, with the State contributing $65.4million and the Commonwealth $101million this year. Organisations that receive HACC funding provide a range of services, including personal and respite care, home support, meals on wheels, home maintenance, counselling and advocacy services.

    Metropolitan-based groups which have received extra funding this year include:
    • Gosnells Community Support Services - allocated an additional $200,633, including $154,286 to expand services in key areas of domestic assistance, client assessment and transport services and a one-off grant of $46,347 to buy a new bus. The extra allocation takes the provider’s annual funding to $1.3million;
    • Southern Districts Support Association - allocated an additional $382,740 including $224,261 to expand services in the key areas of centre-based day care, transport services, domestic assistance and social support and a one-off grant of $158,479 to buy two new buses. The extra allocation takes the provider’s annual funding to $1.3million;
    • Volunteer Task Force - allocated an additional $1,127,893, including $1,081,676 to expand north metropolitan services in the key areas of home maintenance, assessment and transport services and a one-off grant of $46,217 to buy a new van, trailer and gardening equipment. The extra allocation takes the provider’s annual regional funding to $2million; and
    • Perth Home Care Services - allocated an additional $184,461 to expand east metropolitan services in key areas of social support, domestic assistance, respite and personal care and client care co-ordination. The extra allocation takes the provider’s annual regional funding to $1.5million.
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