Aged Care Funding Boost Welcomed By State Government

Aged Care Funding Boost Welcomed By State Government

Western Australia Minister for Health Roger Cook

State Government Welcomes Aged Care Funding Boost

Victor P Taffa

  • McGowan Government has welcomed up to $33.75 Million of funding from the Federal Government to help older Western Australians access care after discharge from hospital
  • Federal Government funding will provide 60 permanent Transition Care Program (TCP) places and 120 temporary TCP places over the next 4 years

McGowan Government has welcomed Federal Government funding of up to $33.75 Million to provide older Western Australians with access to vital transition services following a hospital stay.

“It is critical that older people have appropriate access to care following their hospital stay.” Minister for Health Roger Cook said.

“These additional transitional care places will allow more people to achieve improved care outcomes following discharge from hospital.”

Funding was secured by the McGowan Government following ongoing negotiations to secure more transition care places. The State Government will provide up to $23.45 Million to co-fund this initiative.

TCP places provide a package of services for older Western Australians after a hospital stay, including physiotherapy and occupational therapy, social work, nursing support and personal care. The transition care program offers up to 12 weeks’ care, delivered either in a person’s home or in a residential care setting.

Additional TCP places will help to keep frail, older Western Australians safer by reducing the time they spend in hospital awaiting Commonwealth aged care services.

Western Australia has been allocated the funding by the Federal Government to fund 60 permanent and 120 temporary time limited TCP places over the next 4 years.

Transition Care Program places are jointly funded by the Federal and State and Territory governments.

Western Australia Health will work with the Commonwealth and with aged care service providers to deliver the additional places, which will help many older Western Australians to stay in their own homes or access to important services while awaiting residential aged care.

State Government is continuing to work with the Commonwealth to ensure that older Western Australians needing care can receive services that reflect and address their care needs in a timely way.