Helping Tasmanians Remain Independent, in Their Homes and in Their Communities - $4.6 Million
Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot, and the Tasmanian Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Lara Giddings announced an additional $4.6 million in funding for Home and Community Care services in Tasmania.
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The Hon Justine Elliot MP5 February 2010
Minister for Ageing
The Hon Lara Giddings MHA
Tasmania Minister for Health
Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot, and the Tasmanian Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Lara Giddings today announced an additional $4.6 million in funding for Home and Community Care services in Tasmania.
Home and Community Care (HACC) is a joint Australian and Tasmanian Government initiative that has been delivering affordable and accessible care to help meet the individual needs of older people, people with a disability and their carers.
HACC provides older people and people with a disability help with household chores, home maintenance and modification, transport, meals, personal care and allied health and nursing care.
The Rudd Government contributed around $2.6 million and the Tasmanian Government contributed almost $2 million in funding taking the total annual investment in HACC services in Tasmania to $54.4 million – an increase of more than nine per cent on last year.
The funding includes support for an additional 23 HACC projects across Tasmania including:
- $270,000 to Anglicare to provide about 7,250 extra hours of domestic assistance and personal care across the state;
- $126,000 to Menzies Research Centre (Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre) to develop and evaluate a self-help coping program for dementia care givers;
- $332,000 to Family Based Care North West to provide extra personal care, domestic assistance and social support services in North West Tasmania; and
- $65,000 to the Carers Association of Tasmania to increase carer support services in Northern Tasmania.
Minister Elliot said: “Home and community care services help many Tasmanians stay at home rather than move prematurely into residential care, allowing them to remain in their communities, close to friends and family.
“These services provide the practical assistance that makes a real difference in the lives of many older Australians who need some assistance with everyday tasks.”
Minister Giddings said: “More than 24,000 people in Tasmania benefited from home and community care services last financial year.
“The funding will be spent on new HACC services and for the continuation and expansion of existing services such as transport, home modifications and maintenance and meals delivery,” Minister Giddings said.
In 2009-10 the HACC program will receive $1.9 billion in funding nationally, with almost $1.2 billion of this contributed by the Rudd Government.
For more information, contact Mrs Elliot's office on (02) 6277 7280
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