Dec 8, 2009

$400,000 for aged Inner West residents to remain independent

$400,000 for aged Inner West residents to remain independent

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 8 2009

Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot and Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today announced the electorate of Grayndler will share in an additional $411,401 for Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

HACC is a joint Australian and NSW Government initiative that delivers affordable and accessible care to help meet the individual needs of older people, people with a disability and their carers.

It includes help with household chores, home maintenance and modification, transport, meals, personal care and allied health and nursing care.

The $411,401 provided to the Inner West is part of a $12 million package. The Rudd Government contributed $7 million and the New South Wales Government is contributing $5 million. This takes the total annual investment in HACC services in New South Wales this year to $586 million – an increase of more than seven per cent on last year.

The package provides financial support for a number of different HACC projects including:

  • Camperdown Community Options will receive $42,000 and Leichhardt Community Transport will receive $25,000 to provide transport services for frail older people, younger people with a disability and their carers.
  • The Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association Limited will receive $6710 to provide structured group activities in its centre.
  • The Leichhardt-based Co.As.It will receive $52,123 for an Italian Bilingual Aged Policy Officer.
  • The Ella Centre in Haberfield will receive $40,000 for centre-based day care and $14,000 for transport services.
  • Inner West Neighbourhood Aid Community Support Service will receive $50,000 to provide home maintenance services.
  • The May Murray Neighbourhood Centre in Marrickville will receive $11,382 to provide social support services.
  • The South Western Sydney Area Health Service (Paramedical) will receive $39,000 to assist people meet their individual dietetic needs.

Mr Albanese said, “Home and community care services are important to local residents who want to retain their independence but need a little bit of help to stay at home.

“I’ve visited many of these organisations and seen the benefits their programs provide. It makes a real difference to the lives of the people they assist.”

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.