Seniors' Minister Judyth Watson has welcomed a fresh round of Commonwealth/State grants which will see the creation of 14 new services under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program in Western Australia.
Earlier today, Western Australian Health Minister Ian Taylor and Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Peter Staples announced that more than $2.1 million has been approved for HACC spending in Western Australia.
Many small country towns, including Williams, Leonora, Norseman, Dalwallinu, Boddington, Narembeen, Bruce Rock, Ravensthorpe, Lake Grace, Capel and Roebourne, will receive funding to establish services.
It will bring to more than 260 the number of HACC services created in Western Australia and spending on the program this financial year to more than $56 million.
"This is a very noteworthy increase in Government commitment to this important and valuable program," Dr Watson said.
"HACC provides funding for support and maintenance services for young people with disabilities, the aged and their carers.
"Frail aged people are a major component of the program.
"It is important to note these new services are going into small country towns with the aim of enabling older people and people with disabilities to continue living in the community of their choice.
"The services will enable these people to continue living independently at home and not forced into long-term residential care."