APPLY WITHIN: Applications are now open in the Morrison Government’ first round of Multi-Purpose Service beds.
APPLY WITHIN: Applications are now open in the Morrison Government’ first round of Multi-Purpose Service beds.

Boost for rural aged care

MORE senior Australians in rural areas will have access to high quality, higher level aged care choices with the opening of a new funding round by the Morrison Government.

The Morrison Government is delivering ongoing funding for up to 150 high needs rural aged care beds with $5 million available in the round.

Providing more aged care choices for senior Australians, particularly in rural areas, is a priority for the Morrison Government.

“Providing more high quality aged care choices for senior Australians, particularly in rural areas, has always been a priority for me,” said Ken O’Dowd MP, Federal Member for Flynn.

“Many people in the past have had to leave their home town and move away from their families or go to the local hospital to get the care they needed.

“New funding will help ensure more of our senior residents can receive care locally.

“Instead, these Multi-Purpose Service beds integrate health and aged care services by pooling Federal Government aged care funding and State Government health funding to deliver flexible care that best meets individual communities’ need.

“We were successful last year with being able to secure funding for a new Multi-Purpose Service to be set up in Moura, and I would like to do the same again with this round of funding.

“I am encouraging all Multi-Purpose Service approved providers in Flynn to apply for the funding, in particularly those servicing the communities affected heavily by the drought.’

Providers can apply for these high care residential beds to expand existing services or establish new services, or to change the level of care designated to existing flexible aged care places.”

Multi-Purpose Services are currently located in all states and the Northern Territory. This Round opens on 1 October 2019 and closing on 12 November 2019. Find more information and the application form on the Department of Health website.