| June 02, 2017

$10.2 million invested in aged care for Murray

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum MP, today announced the electorate had secured funding for a total of 97 residential care places worth $6,353,500 and capital grants totalling $3.9 million as part of the recent 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round. The announcement came as Minister for Aged Care the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP visited the electorate to open the re-developed Euroa Health Granite Hill aged care facility.

“I welcome back the Minister today in what is an exciting time for our electorate. The redeveloped, 75 bed Granite Hill aged care facility provides 24 hour acute hospital services, residential, allied health services, community support programs and a range of visiting services. I am proud to be part of the official opening that saw $11.6 million invested by the Coalition Government,” Mr Drum said.

Following the official opening the Minister visited Shepparton Villages and Warramunda Village Hostel with Mr Drum to see firsthand how the federal funding would be used.

“I am so pleased that so many aged care services in the Murray electorate have gained more aged care places and a capital funding boost in the latest Aged Care Approvals Round,” Minister Wyatt said.

“These new places will not only be welcomed by older people needing residential care, but by the extended community who will also benefit with the creation of more jobs and the need for increased goods and services.”

Mr Drum said the funding announcement was fantastic news for the electorate and a clear sign that the Coalition Government not only understood the importance of local aged care providers in Murray, but continued to invest in regional aged care facilities now and into the future.

“With our rapidly ageing population, we are committed to providing a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of our older Australians. I want to thank and acknowledge the support of Ken Wyatt, Minister for Aged Care who continues to listen to our aged care providers and ensure our electorate receives the funding to deliver first class facilities for the region,” Mr Drum said

Ms Kerri Rivett, CEO Shepparton Retirement Villages said she was thrilled to receive the 30 beds in the recent allocation and thanked Minister Wyatt and Damian Drum for their continued support.

“It is fantastic to have time with Minster Wyatt today to expand on our plans for the future to ensure we are meeting the needs of the region’s elderly. The number of people over the age of 70 in the Shepparton region is expected to triple by 2050 and we are working hard to ensure we can provide the beds to meet that demand, and the sorts of residential developments such as our new 120 bed, $34m development that will be a truly beautiful place for our elderly to live. We look forward to working with the Federal Government to safeguard the future for regional aged care,” Ms Rivett said.

CEO of Warramunda Village Hostel, Ms Sandi Websdale said they were also thrilled with today’s announcement that the facility can increase their capacity by 21 beds in a brand new wing. “People need to age in their own communities and our waiting lists for care are presently extensive. Residents of Kyabram and district will have a greater opportunity now to be cared for in communities they have built or established surrounded by their existing supports.

“We are so grateful for the support we have received from Damian Drum for championing our application and in bringing Minister Wyatt to a round table meeting in Echuca last November where we were able to articulate the challenges facing us as a rural and not for profit aged care organisation.  I am also grateful to organisations and individuals within our community who took the time to make representations on behalf of Warramunda to support this important project,” Ms Websdale said.

The new residential aged care places follow the announcement in February of six Short-Term Restorative Care (STRC) places that Villa Maria Catholic Homes in conjunction with Cabrini Health were successful in securing.

Each STRC place is worth an estimated $73,100 per year. Based on this, the six places allocated to Villa Maria Catholic Homes Limited are worth an estimated $438,600 in annual recurrent Australian Government funding.

Information about the 2016−17 Aged Care Approvals Round outcomes, including details of the successful approved providers, is available on the https://agedcare.health.gov.au/2016-17acar/results.

Media contact:

Minister Wyatt’s office: Kay McNiece, Media Adviser, 0412 132 585

Damian Drum’s office: 03 5821 5371 / 0417 817 623

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