The Minister for Ageing Christopher Pyne and Western Australian Minister for Health Jim McGinty announced today the release of around $922,000 to support Home and Community Care (HACC) services in Western Australia.
The funding includes around $215,000 for the building of a new centre-based day care centre in Broome and nearly $82,000 to fund a state-wide Aboriginal Advocacy Project.
The Australian Government contribution of $92.89 million together with the state government’s contribution of $60.16 million represents an overall increase of 8.52 per cent for the HACC program in WA in 2006-07.
“The HACC program continues to be a central element of the Australian Government’s aged care policy,” Mr Pyne said.
“HACC services such as respite, social support and transport are supporting those members of our community who need assistance to remain in their own homes.”
Mr McGinty said HACC-funded agencies played an important role in providing basic support services and strengthening communities across WA.
“In WA these additional funds will enable the aged or people with a functional disability to maintain their independence and continue to live in the community for as long as possible,” Mr McGinty said.