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New funding provides support for Sydney’s west and the Illawarra

10 Mar 2017

PEOPLE who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, will benefit from funding awarded to Catholic Healthcare under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

Allocated as part of the latest $115 million growth funding round, monies will be utilised to provide personal care for people in western Sydney and the Assistance in Care and Housing program across the Illawarra.

“Being able to provide personal care to those who most need it across Sydney’s greater west is very important,” Janis Redford, Catholic Healthcare’s General Manager Community Services said. “It aligns with our organisation’s values of care and compassion for people in need.”

Nationally, the extra aged care funding support from the Australian Government will allow more older Australians to be able to continue to live independently at home and in their communities.

The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP,today made the funding announcement at Catholic Healthcare’s Sydney offices. Approximately 245 organisations will receive funding to deliver services nationally through the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

“The CHSP supports more than 640,000 older people across Australia to live at home and maintain their independence,” he said. “These services assist older Australians to live at home longer and enjoy all the benefits of being in their local community.”

Funding across the country will help support vulnerable people, including the people who are homeless, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse people and those in rural Australia.

“It will provide much needed additional nursing services, respite care services, allied health and therapy services, such as physiotherapy and speech pathology, and assistance with care and housing that is responsive to local community needs,” Minister Wyatt said

“Helping older people to stay at home and in their communities for longer is another way the Government is providing choice in aged-care services so that the people who built this nation can live a dignified old age.”

(Pictured: Catholic Healthcare Managing Director David Maher, General Manager Community Services Janis Redford, Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt and Member for Bennelong John Alexander)