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May 27, 2016

A $1.3 million funding boost will provide extra support for the elderly and young people with a disability in Gippsland to stay in their own homes longer.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the funding would be shared across 20 Home and Community Care (HACC) services across Gippsland.

Mr Chester said the HACC allocations comprise one-off minor capital works and transition support funding, as well recurrent growth funding:

• Gippsland Multicultural Services will receive an extra  $97,000
• Latrobe City Council $163,000
• Latrobe Community Health Service $279,000
• Quantum Support Services $28,000
• Yallambee Traralgon Village for the Aged $20,000
• Bairnsdale Regional Health $63,000
• East Gippsland Shire Council $20,000
• Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative $34,000
• Omeo District Health $30,000.
• Mallacoota District Health and Support Service $30,000
• Orbost Regional Health $41,000
• Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative $34,000
• Gippsland Lakes Community Health $180,000
• Lakes Tyers Health and Children’s Services Association $20,000
• Central Gippsland Health Service $140,000
• Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation $27,000
• Uniting Care: $28,000
• Wellington Shire Council $20,000
• Yarram and District Health Service $66,000

“We know that older people prefer to stay in their own home for as long as possible,” Mr Chester said.

“This funding will provide the support that is needed to continue living at home, and help older Australians and younger people with disability to maintain their independence and connection to the local community.

“It will also provide respite and assistance to family carers who are committed to providing the best care they can for their loved ones.”

Mr Chester said HACC services provided practical assistance, including domestic and personal care, property maintenance, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and respite.

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