Support for aged care in rural and remote communities

The Commonwealth today announced funding of $5.79 million to increase aged care places in rural and remote communities across Australia, as part of an integrated health and ageing initiative.


Minister for Aged Care, Sussan Ley, said, “Additional funding has been made available for residential care services for people with more complex and increasing aged care needs in rural and remote communities with places allocated across 17 Multi-Purpose Services in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.”


“A part of this package includes three new Multi-Purpose Services in New South Wales offering 52 residential places, with 38 of these taking effect immediately.”


The Multi-Purpose Services Programme is a jointly funded Australian and State and Territory Government initiative providing integrated health and aged care services to small rural and remote communities.


Multi-Purpose Services are said to have a good track record in meeting the health and aged care needs of older people living in rural and remote regions.


11 December 2015.