Funding for aged care and community hub on Noongar country

The Morrison Government will provide more than $240,000 in funding to support holistic and culturally safe aged care and community services for Noongar Elders in Western Australia.

 

The Morrison Government is providing $247,250 over two years to the Langford Community Association to support the work to establish an innovative Aboriginal Aged Care and Community Hub on Noongar country in metropolitan south-west WA. 

 

This project will ensure Noongar Elders remain connected with community, land, culture and history as they age.

 

Discussions with the Langford Aboriginal Association, the South West Land and Sea Council and Fortis Consulting have been extremely productive.

 

The clear priority is to establish a hub, managed and provided by Noongar people, for Noongar people.

 

The funding will go towards the design of the hub, establishing the governance and communication structure and the engagement of an Aboriginal workforce.

 

Work will also commence on forging relationships with government bodies, service providers, allied health professionals, construction and training organisations to make this hub a reality.

 

Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is expected to grow by 59 per cent between 2011 and 2031.

 

However, the population aged 65 and over is estimated to grow by 200 per cent[1] so we need to be ready to support First Australians as they age.

 

Currently, 75 per cent of First Australians live in urban areas—metropolitan cities and rural and regional towns. These urban populations do not access aged care and health care services and resources at the same rate as the non-Indigenous population.

 

The Government wants everyone seeking aged care in Australia to be able to access culturally appropriate, quality, affordable and safe aged care services.

 

As Australia’s population ages we are driving aged care reforms to make sure all senior Australians get the care and services they need and deserve.

 

This grant is in addition to the funding boost of $105 million through the 2018–19 Budget prioritising better access to aged care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

The Morrison Government is providing $4.1 billion to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the next four years.


[1] CAEPR Indigenous Population Project. 2011 Census Papers. Paper 14: Population Projections.