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$6.3 million boost creates 162 new aged care places in Bennelong

Older Australians in Bennelong will benefit from a substantial increase in funding for aged care services, with the Australian Government announcing over 17,000 new care places across the nation worth an estimated $910 million.

Following the announcement of the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round, John Alexander MP welcomed news 162 places had been created locally following a competitive application process conducted by the Department of Health.

“There is a strong demand for aged care in Bennelong and these additional places are essential in ensuring our elderly receive the quality care they deserve.”

“It will either help expand existing services or create new places in priority areas of need, including Meadowbank, North Ryde and Macquarie Park”

“Over $5.5 million is going to home care locally, ensuring more people can stay in the community they have always lived in should they need an extra level of care.”

On top of these new aged care places, the Turnbull Government has also announced $67 million in capital grants to help approved providers establish new services or upgrade existing facilities.

This is the last ACAR to include home care places. From February 2017 funding will follow the consumer not the provider, allowing people to choose the care which suits their individual needs, to then direct funding to that provider.

“Australians want greater choice and control over the care they receive and the changes to home care we’ve created do exactly that,” John Alexander said.

More information about the results of the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round is available at www.dss.gov.au/2015ACAR