Up to $19 million will be made available to improve residential aged care and dementia care in regional areas, thanks to the Royalties for Regions funded Southern Inland Health Initiative.
Member for Warren-Blackwood Terry Redman, said the one-off grants would help older people to remain living in their communities.
“Grants will be made available to private and not-for-profit organisations to enhance facilities and services which allow aged residents to remain healthy and active members of regional com-munities,” Mr Redman said.
“It’s an important initiative from Royalties for Regions which will go a long way towards keeping our aged residents in the community and in an environment which is familiar and safe to them, close to friends and family.”
Mr Redman said aged care would be a significant challenge for Australia in the very near future.
“Within the next five years it’s estimated that 18 per cent of Australia’s population will be over the age of 65.
“The demands for aged care facilities and services will greatly increase over the next decade as many older residents seek to continue to live independently within their communities,” Mr Redman said.
“For this to happen, it’s crucial that Government and the aged care sector work together to invest in aged care initiatives, especially in regional areas.”
Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said it was important to provide regional seniors with the opportunity to remain in their communities as they age.
“The best residential aged care options are strengthened through collaboration and therefore I en-courage eligible private providers to apply for these grants,” Ms Davies said.
Proposals which reflect con-temporary aged care practices, partnerships and investment be-yond the allocated grant will be considered favourably.
The grants are available in the Great Southern, Goldfields, Mid West, South West, and Wheatbelt.
Information about the grants can be accessed at:
The Southern Inland Health Initiative is transforming health care in the State’s south, made possible by $500 million from Royalties for Regions.