Standing up for Canberra

ACT gets funding boost for home and community care services

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh and Senator Kate Lundy today welcomed the announcement of  $1.3 million in additional funding for home and community care services for 13 organisations in the ACT by Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler and ACT Minister for Health Katy Gallagher.

The services are delivered under the Home and Community Care program – a joint initiative funded in the ACT by the Commonwealth and Territory Labor Governments. The ACT Department of Health and Ageing also received funds through the HACC program.

The HACC initiative provides a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated range of basic maintenance and support services to help the frail aged, young people with a disability and their carers to remain living independently in the community.

The HACC program assists more than 11,000 vulnerable members of the ACT community.  The additional funding will bring the Federal Government’s contribution to the program in the ACT to $15.2 million, an increase of 7.9 percent on 2009-10 funding. 

 “HACC delivers essential services such as meals on wheels, home care, respite, social support and community transport. People want to remain independent in their own homes and communities and stay close to friends and family for as long as possible” said Ms Brodtmann.

“This additional funding will make a real difference in the lives of older Canberrans and younger Canberrans with a disability,” said Dr Leigh. 
 “This funding will help a wide range of frail older people and younger people with a disability, providing the practical assistance they need to stay at home,” said  Senator Lundy.

This funding will help boost services delivered by:

Agency Additional 10-11 Funding

Tandem Respite  $23,295
Mercy Health and Aged Care  $195,887
Koomarri $144,000
Community Options  $87,622
Communities@Work $67,000
Anglicare Canberra and Goulburn $147,500
ACT Disability Aged and Carer Advocacy Service  $179,791
Australian Red Cross Society  $55,068
Community Connections  $133,741
Just Better Care Community Services $174, 350
Marymead Child and Family Centre $26,233
Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation $99,256
Uniting Church in Australia  $178,800

Media Contacts

John Snobar (Brodtmann): 0435 059 099
Shobaz Kandola (Leigh): 0421 838 038
Annika Hutchins (Lundy): 0418 488 295