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Joint media release - $36 Million in Home and Community Care projects for NSW

22 July 2011

Joint media release from the Hon Mark Butler MP, and the Hon Andrew Constance MP - Almost 400 NSW communities will benefit from nearly $36 million in Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

Commonwealth Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler and NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Andrew Constance today announced that almost 400 NSW communities will benefit from nearly $36 million in Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

The Gillard Government has contributed around $22 million and the O’Farrell Government has contributed almost $14 million in funding for this $36 million package, taking the annual investment in HACC services in the state to around $625 million – an increase of more than 6.5 per cent.

In NSW, the HACC program provides support services for more than 244,000 people every year, including older people, people with a disability and their carers.

“The boost in HACC funding will increase the quality and number of services provided to people who need everyday assistance to live as independently as possible in their own homes,” Mr Butler said.

“The funding will particularly focus on increasing community transport services, case management, respite, social support and home modifications to help prevent NSW residents from having to prematurely move into residential care.”

Mr Constance said transport was one of the major barriers for older people and people with a disability to receive care and to stay connected to their communities, particularly for residents living in rural areas.

“About $2.6 million has been invested in transport services to keep NSW residents connected and help increase their quality of life,” Mr Constance said.

“Case management, respite and social support have received an additional $2 million, $1.9 million and $1.8 million respectively. These services will provide over 163,000 hours of direct service delivery to those people who need it the most.

“A further $1.43 million has been invested in home modification to make both minor and major upgrades to NSW homes so residents can live in them comfortably for longer.

“One-off funding of $350,000 has also been provided to each Local Planning Area in NSW at a cost of $5.6 million to support HACC service development, streamline how services are delivered and provide better resources to support clients.”

The HACC program was established in 1985 and has grown from over $150 million in 1985 to a $2 billion program in 2010-11, supporting over 800,000 Australians to remain in their homes where they would prefer to be.

Continuing support for the HACC program is a key element of the Australian Government’s aged-care policy and its vision for a world-class community care system.

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