| October 07, 2016

Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care visits Murray

Member for Murray, Damian Drum welcomed the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM MP to Echuca today.

Mr Wyatt and Mr Drum met with residential Aged Care providers from across the Murray electorate to discuss issues and listen to their concerns.

Mr Drum said there was great concern amongst regional and local providers regarding future funding through the aged care funding instrument, training, workforce attrition and allocation of beds.

“It is very pleasing that the Minister is meeting with the group to outline how the Federal Government is listening to their concerns,” Mr Drum said.

The Federal Government has introduced reforms of our aged care system to ensure older Australians have access to world class services that will support them as they age.

“The aged care system is collaboration between government, service providers and most importantly our older Australians who use these services. It is through meetings like this today where I can listen to the sector’s concerns and continue to develop policies to improve our aged care services.”

“It’s vital to also ensure that aged care needs in regional Australia are met and services are accessible to everyone who needs it, when they need it,” said Mr Wyatt.

“It’s great to hear this week Damian announcing that Warramunda Aged Care in Kyabram had received $999,900 for a new 22 bed dementia unit,” Mr Wyatt said.

Mr Drum said he is passionate about ensuring older Australian’s in the Murray district have access to high quality care.

“I would particularly like to thank Echuca Aged Care for hosting this meeting and thank the many providers for participating.”

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