York Respite Facility Brings Total To Five

York Respite Facility Brings Total To Five

Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien

New Wheatbelt Respite Facility To Be Located In York

Victor P Taffa

York has been named as the new location of a State Government Respite Facility for People with Disability.

Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien said the facility would be available to people with disability to stay at, providing families caring for a family member with disability the opportunity to take breaks.

The York Respite Facility is the Fifth Respite Facility Planned as part of the Government’s $12 Million Election Commitment.

“York is the best location to service the needs of people living in the Wheatbelt Region.” Mr. O’Brien said.




“York is accessible via Major Roads such as the Goldfields Road, Quairading -York Road, Great Eastern Highway, Great Southern Highway and Northam -York Road, making it well placed for a successful service location.” the Minister said.

The Disability Services Commission recently completed a series of community consultations for the model of services at a Respite Facility in the Wheatbelt.

Discussions highlighted demand for respite catering to a range of ages and disabilities as well as different types of respite, such as Planned Respite, Emergency Respite and School Holiday Respite.

“Respite Services have been identified as a priority in the long term improvement of Disability Services in Western Australia.  It is important family and carers can get a break from caring when they need to.” the Minister said.

“We are making sure we listen to what families and carers say they need from Respite Services.”

“The York respite facility will be delivering services in a way which maximises access for families across the Wheatbelt. This includes transport options as Wheatbelt families have increased travel time and cost as a major issue.” Mr. O’Brien said.