What’s happening in Canberra
Applications for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program 2018–2019 bi-annual one-off grants opened today.
Eligible aged care providers who are currently funded under the NATSIFAC Program are able to apply for a share of $4 million in funding to purchase equipment, undertake building maintenance and upgrade aged care staff accommodation.
The Liberal National Government is investing a further $6 million to expand the EON Foundation’s life-changing Thriving Communities program.
Thriving Communities is a program that supports remote Aboriginal communities to grow, prepare and cook their own fruit and vegetables, including bush tucker.
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
It is a landmark day in our national calendar, and for many it was the starting point of our healing journey on the way toward reconciliation.
The final report on organ transplantation in Australia shows a record 10,500 people benefited from eye and tissue donation in 2018.
The Minister responsible for the Organ and Tissue Authority, Ken Wyatt AM, said this represented a nine per cent rise over the previous year.
Monday 11 February 2019 will be remembered as one of the most important days for aged care in Australia, as the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety begins its first public hearings in Adelaide.
Our Government established the Royal Commission to shine a light on the sector and the hearings will look at key features of the aged care system, the concerns of residents, families and their advocates and the experiences of people receiving aged care services.
The Morrison Government is making a further significant investment in aged care, with $320 million for residential aged care and an additional 10,000 home care packages across all levels as part of a new $662 million package to support older Australians.
The $320 million residential aged care component equates to approximately $1,800 per permanent resident and will provide additional support to the sector, over the next 18-months, to deliver quality aged care services while the Government considers longer-term reform funding options.
The documents released under Freedom of Information clearly show that the Government has been honest with the Australian public about the true state of aged care finances.
The document highlighted in the report in The Australian today was an internal analysis undertaken by the Department of Health. It was not provided to Ministers or their offices until after the FOI decision was finalised.
Today, Western Australian State Coroner, Ros Fogliani, released her report of the investigation into the suicide deaths of 13 Indigenous young people that occurred between November 2012 and March 2016 in the Kimberley Region.
I cannot adequately express my sense of grief at the deaths of these young people.
Some of the most vulnerable Australians who live with dementia will benefit from a world-first national network of specialist care units, thanks to an annual $70 million investment from the Liberal National Government.
The innovative program will see more than 30 specialist care units established to provide best practice person-centred care for people exhibiting very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
Applications are now open for the second round of expansion funding under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) program.
The Liberal National Government is providing up to $60 million over four years to increase the number of residential aged care places under the program in remote and very remote Australia.