Extra funding for NSW equipment

Older people with permanent disabilities will benefit from cuts to waiting lists.

The Commonwealth and NSW governments will provide an $11 million parcel of funding to support people living in the state with long-term disabilities.

The joint funding package – NSW contributed $6 million and the Commonwealth $5 million – will be used to provide aids and equipment for up to 5000 people across the state.

“It will deliver essential equipment such as wheelchairs, adjustable beds, communication devices, hoists, and ventilators for people living with disabilities,” said NSW Health Minister, Reba Meagher.

It is hoped that the money will significantly cut waiting lists in the state’s Program of Appliances for Disabled People (PADP).

The Federal Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot said the Commonwealth allocation would be used to support older people with permanent physical disabilities in the areas of mobility, self care and communication.

“The additional funding will help more people maintain their independence by continuing to live within their community and their own homes, as most people tell us they wish to do,” said Mrs Elliot.

The NSW Government has set up a state-wide information line (1800 362 253), to provide expert advice to members of the public and clinicians on disability support programs.

It will also launch a new website next year with information about the availability of specialized equipment.

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