New aged care service for Nhulunbuy
The Federal Government is providing over $20 million to build a new aged care service for Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem Land.
Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck said delivering safe, quality aged care services in remote areas is vital for maintaining strong communities.
“For Indigenous communities in places like Nhulunbuy it is particularly vital that elders are able to maintain strong connections with country and remain leaders in the local area.
“For this reason the Nhulunbuy Flexible Aged Care Service was also designed in close consultation with locals, which has ensured buildings and outdoor spaces are appropriate for Indigenous cultural activities and customs.”
The project is supported by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program, which funds organisations to provide culturally appropriate aged care so people can remain close to their homes and communities.
The development of the Nhulunbuy Flexible Aged Care Service is a collaboration between the Commonwealth and Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS).
ARRCS Group General Manager, Ms Tamra Bridges, said the partnership with the local community would also be important in delivering flexible aged care services in the area.
“We greatly look forward to partnering with local communities to help develop and implement culturally appropriate aged care services in East Arnhem Land and contributing to the improvement of aged care service quality and accessibility for Indigenous Australians,” Ms Bridges said.
It is expected construction of the home will start in late 2019 with completion in 2021.The home will have 32 ensuite rooms and a palliative unit.
8 July 2019.