Keith Pitt announces funding boost for aged care

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Aged care services in the Hinkler electorate will receive an additional $8.6 million under the Federal Government’s 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt today announced the funding boost, which will provide local residents with an additional 126 residential care places and 57 home care packages:

  • 32 home care packages  –  Churches of Christ, Bundaberg (new service)

  • 25 home care packages  –  Kepnock Grove Retirement Centre, Bundaberg

  • 96 residential care places – Carinity, Bargara (new service)

  • 30 residential care places  – Ozcare, Hervey Bay

Mr Pitt said more than 17,800 people would benefit from new places and packages nationally.

“These extra residential and home care places will help meet the growing demand for aged care,” Mr Pitt said.  

He said competition for the funding was fierce.

“Nationally this year there were two applications received for every available residential care place and 17 applications received for every available home care place,” Mr Pitt said.

“I’m delighted Hinkler aged care providers – both new and existing – have been able to secure this funding, by successfully demonstrating their ability to deliver care, management experience and expertise.

“Apart from the obvious benefits for our aging residents and their families, this funding presents enormous opportunity for the local community more broadly.

“Growth in the aged care sector has the potential to stimulate the construction industry. It will create jobs and training opportunities in nursing, allied health, pharmacy, administration and retail.”

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