The frail aged and younger people with disabilities and their carers throughout Western Australia will benefit from grants totalling $2,171,657 which have been approved under the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program.
Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Peter Staples and Western Australian Health Minister Ian Taylor said today a range of projects would receive funding in Western Australia.
Approval has been given for the establishment of 14 new HACC services, many of which are in small country towns including Williams, Leonora, Dalwallinu, Boddington, Roebourne and Norseman.
"In order to provide a range of home support services and day respite currently lacking in the isolated town of Norseman, the Dundas Shire Council will receive funding of $40,100 to establish the Norseman Home and Community Care Service," Mr Staples said.
Delivered meals services will increase with the funding of seven new services and the expansion of two existing services.
Seven HACC services specifically targeting Aboriginal people have been funded. Among these is the Leonora Aboriginal Movement Body, which has received funding to provide home support services five days per week and funds to purchase a vehicle and equipment.
The South Perth day care centre has received extra funding to provide respite for people with dementia one day per week. The funds will also pay for modifications to their premises to ensure a secure environment.
"The allocation of funds to further improve and tailor HACC services to meet people's needs reflects the commitment of both governments to improve the lives of these vulnerable members of the community, and support their carers," Mr Taylor said.
HACC is a joint Federal and State Government program which provides funding for support and maintenance services in the community for the frail aged, younger people with disabilities and their carers in order to prevent inappropriate admission to long-term residential care.