$250 MILLION TO CONTINUE AGED CARE FOR SENIOR FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE

The Morrison Government has committed more than $250 million over the next
four years to continue the delivery of aged care services to senior First Nations people under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program.

 

The funding over four years will ensure essential aged care services will continue to be delivered under this necessary program.

 

This commitment includes more than $105 million to expand the Program as part of the More Choices for Longer Life initiative, which will result more than 900 older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote communities having access to aged care services in remote Australia, close to family, home or country.

 

The NATSIFAC Program funds organisations to provide culturally appropriate aged care to older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

There are currently 30 organisations funded under the NATSIFAC Program that deliver care to older First Nations people through 35 services nationally.

 

The Morrison Government is committed to providing safe, quality aged care to regional, rural and remote Australia, which at times are faced with specific challenges.

 

It is our vision is to support people to live wherever it is they call home.

 

Ensuring that high quality aged care services are delivered in a culturally appropriate way is a key to caring for our First Nations’ elders.

 

Staying connected to your culture, and being cared for by someone who understands your background, can make all the difference to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

 

The Morrison Government has increased funding for aged care by $7 billion over the forward estimates, up from $13.3 billion in 2012–13 to $20.5 billion in 2018–19 to $25.4 billion in 2022–23.