Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Residential aged care providers across Darwin and Palmerston will receive an additional $680,434 to support the care of their residents, as Coalition Government investments in aged care totalling $467 million take effect from this month (20 March 2019).
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, announced residential aged care providers across Darwin and Palmerston will receive an additional $494,000 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 Darwin and Palmerston, from now until 30 June 2019.
Mrs Ganley 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 and the aged care sector with the support they need to provide quality services,” Mrs Ganley 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, 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 $146,037 boost for the Juninga Centre in Coconut Grove,” Mrs Ganley said.
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 Darwin, the Juninga Centre will receive an additional $40,397 funding boost in the homeless supplement.
“We also recently announced 50 new residential aged care places worth $3.3 million a year will be provided in Darwin and Palmerston. Terrace Gardens in Palmerston secured 26 of these new aged care places and Pearl Supported Care in Fannie Bay 24 places.
“Senator Scullion and visited Pearl this week to meet with them about their new places and to meet residents.
“Ensuring senior Territorians are supported in their later years is a top priority,” Mrs Ganley said.