The Multi-Purpose Services aged care program will be expanded in regional, rural and remote areas in five Australian states.
Applications are open for home care providers in remote and regional areas of the country to expand or establish services under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program, or NATSIFAC.
Consumer directed care has failed in remote regions of Australia but flexible arrangements available for indigenous communities offer a model which a researcher believes should be extended to all remote areas.
Up to 135 flexible residential aged care places are available for multi-purpose services in small rural and remote areas in a new round of offers that opened this week.
Without the viability supplement, most indigenous and indigenous-focused residential aged care providers would run at a loss, a national audit has found.
The national seniors peak body supports plans to overhaul aged care in the name of consumer choice.
Over 300 indigenous workers will join the aged and community care workforce in the Territory.