Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien
Minister Unveils Broome’s New Residential Respite House
Victor P Taffa
The Liberal-National Government is continuing to fulfil its $12 Million election promise to build five respite care homes across Western Australia, with Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien inspecting the first of the homes in Broome today.
Mr. O’Brien said the newly acquired Broome property, after minor modifications and the appointment of a service provider, would become the first respite care centre established under the scheme.
“This Government is using the proceeds of our good economic management to provide better services to the disability sector.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“Caring for a person with a disability can be an enormously rewarding experience; however, due to the nature of the role, it is crucial for families who provide this care to have the opportunity to take a regular break from their responsibilities.”
“They have told me they want flexible respite options beyond their family home. The establishment of the five new respite homes will do just that.” Mr. O’ Brien said.
The Minister said other respite care homes would also be established in Rockingham and Joondalup, with community consultation continuing on the final two locations.
“Respite care homes are not our only priority for the Disability Services area. We are committed to a myriad of other important measures for the sector, which are spelt out in our long-term policy agenda ‘Count Me In – Disability Future Directions’.”
“In recognition of the need to invest in disability services, the State Government will provide more than $383 Million in recurrent funding to the sector this financial year, $30 Million more than last year.” the Minister said.
The respite care house is expected to be fully operational by September, with limited services available in the interim.