The project will give priority to 254 people in 49 remote communities as well as other Indigenous people working in Home and Community Care (HACC) throughout the NT.

“HACC programs like meals on wheels help to keep older people independent and in their homes rather than entering an aged care facility,” Mrs Elliot said.

HACC employs some 1,400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally.

“The Australian Government will provide funds of up to $1 million for the project to support and assist in job opportunities for Indigenous people in the health and aged care sector.” Mrs Elliot said.

Applications are invited from qualified training organisations to provide the community care training across the Northern Territory , from 30 October 2008 to 30 June 2010.

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