Call for applications for flexible aged care places
Multi-purpose services in small rural and remote communities are encouraged to apply for new flexible aged care places under an allocations round opening today.
Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said the investment of up to $4 million in 2018–19 would provide around 135 aged care places in areas which can’t support stand-alone aged care facilities or hospitals.
“Multi-purpose services play a critical role in small rural communities, where older people previously had to leave their home town or go to the local hospital to get the care they need,” Minister Wyatt said.
Instead, integrated health and aged care services pool Australian Government aged care funding and state government health funding to deliver a flexible model that best meets their individual community’s needs.
This approach improves quality of care, flexibility and access for older Australians in rural and remote regions, in a cost-effective manne.
Multi-purpose services can apply for aged care places to either expand existing services or establish new ones. Services may also apply to change the level of care attached to an existing place.
Applications close on 5 October 2018.
For details about the allocations round, see the Department of Health's website https://agedcare.health.gov.au/programs-services/flexible-care/multi-purpose-services-program.
27 August 2018.