Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) welcomes the Government’s latest funding allocations to help support older Australians with more aged care options.

Communities in the Western Victoria PHN region are to benefit from more than 180 new residential aged care places and over $240 thousand in capital works as part of the Federal Government’s 2018/19 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).

A total of 184 aged care places across nine locations have been allocated in the region. In addition, capital works funding totaling $241,662 will be provided to Abbeyfield House Hostel in Mortlake. The latest ACAR allocations also include an extra 32 short-term restorative care places across the region to be delivered in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years.

Chief Executive Officer, Dr Leanne Beagley, said the ACAR funding had come at an important time for western Victoria with many communities looking to manage ageing populations.

“We are particularly pleased with the focus on providing additional support to rural and remote communities and special needs groups in the region,” said Dr Beagley.

“Health professionals across our region have spoken with us about the increasing demand for quality and accessible aged care support and services. Therefore, this funding allocation is an important step forward,” she said.

Psychological Therapy Services funding

This additional investment into aged care places comes on top of funding announced late last year for the delivery of in-reach Psychological Therapy Services (PTS) for older people residing in residential aged care facilities. Over the next three years, a total of $2.7 million has been allocated to deliver these services across western Victoria.

“These services will target people with a diagnosed with mild to moderate mental illness and with emerging mental illness who benefit from such therapies. It can also include those with severe mental illness who are not more appropriately managed by a State Older Persons Mental Health Service,” said Dr Beagley.

PTS will be delivered through a collaborative consortium of clinical providers specialising in older persons mental health across western Victoria.  

ACAR ALLOCATIONS BY SUB-REGION

Ballarat Goldfields 

  • 90 places allocated as part of a new service operated by Australian Unity Care Services in Lucas, Ballarat with a focus on dementia and respite care supporting Vets and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents 
  • 24 places at Havilah Hostel in Maryborough with a focus on dementia support for rural and remote and financially and socially disadvantaged residents 
  • One place allocated at Hepburn House in Daylesford to support the LGBTI special needs group.

Geelong Otway

  • Ten places allocated to Drysdale Aged Care with a focus on dementia support 
  • 3 places allocated to Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong to support CALD and financially and socially disadvantaged residents

Great South Coast 

  • $241,662 for capital works at Abbeyfield House Hostel in Mortlake 
  • 32 places allocated to Lyndoch Hostel in Warrnambool with a focus on dementia support for financially and socially disadvantaged residents 
  • 20 places allocated to Opal Gillan Park in Warrnambool

Wimmera Grampians 

  • 2 places allocated to the Allambi Elderly Peoples Home in Dimboola with a focus on dementia support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and financially and socially disadvantaged residents 
  • 2 places allocated to Dunmunkle Lodge in Minyip