Land secured for Nhulunbuy aged care project

In a major step forward in the provision of a local aged care home for First Nations people in and around Nhulunbuy, the Federal Government provided $549,000 for a sublease for an East Arnhem Land aged care project.


Crucially, families and community members have been closely involved in selecting the most appropriate location for the new facility.


The home will accommodate 32 people, with room for further expansion, and will be designed in close consultation with the community to be comfortable and culturally safe for older First Australians from across East Arnhem Land.


First and foremost, the project will aim to improve and sustain the lives of local Elders.


The project will also support local employment during construction and provide training and up to a dozen long-term jobs to help staff the facility.


The Nhulunbuy project is supported by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFC) Program, which funds organisations to provide culturally appropriate aged care so people can remain close to their homes and communities.


Funding through this program ensures that buildings and the management of facilities are appropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural activities, customs, ceremonies and family visits.


It’s estimated that over 1,000 people are receiving aged care through the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program.


An additional 900 places will be made available, with the Government providing $105.7 million to expand the NATSIFAC Program over the next four years.


We want aged care that is flexible, non-discriminatory and culturally appropriate, no matter where people live.


It is critical that our Elders receive the respect and protection they deserve because they are among our most valuable – and vulnerable - citizens.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or over are eligible for Commonwealth subsidised aged care services, including the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Flexible Care Program.


Construction of the Nhulunbuy aged care home is expected to be completed in late 2019.


29 November 2018.