What’s happening in Canberra
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.
The Morrison Government has provided $500,000 to support the expansion of a community-led basketball program in Perth that builds confidence and empowers young people to lead healthy lifestyles and aim high.
Kaat, Koort n Hoops is run by Koya Aboriginal Corporation for at-risk young people aged four to 16 in the City of Swan.
The Morrison Government is providing nearly $2.5 million in additional funding for an innovative project to improve the health outcomes of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
The funding will be provided to the Clontarf Foundation to support its Health Project for a further 12 months.
The Morrison Government is providing more than $91,000 to South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (SCMSAC) to upgrade its patient information system.
SCMSAC provides health and health-related services to improve the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout the Shoalhaven region.
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, today announced $1.65 million to build three specialist facilities to support First Australians needing lifesaving kidney dialysis in remote locations.
The rate of end-stage kidney disease (those on dialysis or waiting for a kidney transplant) for First Nations peoples in remote communities is 18 to 20 times higher than Australians in the broader population.
Senior Australians are being urged to take up the free enhanced influenza vaccinations available through the Government-funded National Immunisation Program (NIP) as notification rates for the disease soar, compared with last year.
“This flu season has begun and we know older Australians are especially vulnerable,” said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM.
Bill Shorten’s aged care plans have senior Australians risking being hit with a $20,000 a year bill increase for each person in care.
Bill Shorten is talking up wage increases in the aged care sector – and if it ends up the same as the 20 per cent in childcare – the cost to families will be even higher.
The Morrison Government will provide more than $1 million to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia in remote Western Australian communities.
The funding will be provided to Alzheimer’s WA to expand the Building a Better Dementia Response in Indigenous Communities project over the next two years.
The importance of meeting the spiritual needs of senior Australians receiving aged care services will be promoted and supported through national project funding of $544,000 from the Morrison Government.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM said non-profit organisation Meaningful Ageing Australia would conduct the two programs, helping aged care staff and care recipients understand their obligations and rights in relation to spiritual care.
The Morrison Government will invest $10 million to create a dedicated network of Aged Care System Navigators to assist senior Australians from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds to understand and make the best choices in aged care.
“We are aiming to make a big difference, to ensure our valued multicultural communities have equal access to aged care and retirement services,” said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM.