Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Residential aged care providers across rural and remote areas of the Northern Territory will share in a $1.9 million additional funding boost to support the care of their residents, as Coalition Government investments in aged care totalling $467 million take effect from this month.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, announced residential aged care providers across Lingiari will receive an additional $317,000 in general aged care subsides.
“This equates to an average additional $1800 per resident, which is great news for our seniors in care and for the dedicated providers who run our local services,” Senator Scullion said.
“This is an up-front payment to support local providers in the care of their residents over the next 18 months, while the Royal Commission goes about its work.
“It is part of our Government’s record aged care investment, with overall annual funding set to increase by $5 billion over the next four years.”
The extra funds will be paid as a 9.5 per cent increase in the subsidy for residents in mainstream residential aged care in the electorate of Lingiari, from now until 30 June 2019.
Ms Price said this boost provides additional support to the sector to deliver quality aged care services while the Morrison Government considers longer-term reform funding options.
“We are absolutely committed to providing senior Territorians wherever they live and the aged care sector with the support they need to provide quality services,” Ms Price said.
On top of the residential care boost, service providers that support senior Australians living in regional areas will share in an additional $101.9 million, as the viability supplement for eligible small, rural and remote residential aged care providers increases by 30 per cent.
Currently, more than 550 services nationwide, accounting for around 13,500 residential care places, receive the viability supplement to offset higher care costs in regional areas.
“This will provide an additional $668,686 boost to providers in Lingiari including an extra investment of $211,668 for the Hetti Perkins Home for the Aged in Alice Springs and $141,782 additional funding boost to Katherine’s Rocky Ridge Nursing Home,” Ms Price said.
“The Katherine Hostel will get a boost of $137,638 with additional investments for the Old Timers Village ($121,413) and Flynn Lodge ($56,225), both in Alice Springs.
“A host of remote aged care providers will get extra CLP investments via the boost to the viability supplement including Pulkapulkka Kari Nursing Home and Hostel in Tennant Creek ($125,076); Mulakunya Flexible Aged Care Service on Nguiu, Tiwi Island ($122,016); Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Aged Care Service at Docker River (118,339); Nganampa Ngura Mutitjulu-nya (Mutitjulu Flexilbe Aged Care Service – $112,110); and Kalano Flexible Aged Care Service in Katherine ($112,110).
“Borroloola’s Malandari Flexible Aged Care Service will get additional funding of $74,740; Yuendumu Old People’s Programme ($68,512); Malala Flexible Aged Care Service in Maningrida ($68,512); Thamarrurr Flexible Aged Care Service at Wadeye ($49,827); Anmatjere Flexible Aged Care Service in Ti Tree ($12,457) and Gove Multi-purpose service will also get an extra investment from the CLP of $22,829.”
The Coalition Government is also providing an additional $35.7 million to increase home care supplements for people with moderate to severe levels of cognitive impairment and veterans’ with a mental health condition.
Seniors with a history of, or who are at risk of, homelessness will also receive a 30 per cent boost through a $9.3 million funding injection for providers specialising in services for the homeless.
This will help the more than 1700 residents who are supported through 42 residential services across the country.
“In Lingiari, providers will receive an additional $123,382 funding boost in the homeless supplement. The Hetti Perkins Home for the Aged will receive additional investment of $59,837 while the Katherine Hostel ($42,380) and Rocky Ridge Nursing Home ($21.166) will also receive welcome boosts.
“Ensuring senior Territorians are supported in their later years is a top priority,” Ms Price said.