Healthcare

Federal Government preparing for an ageing population

9 Jun 2009, by test test

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With the ageing population increasing, the Federal Government has promised to improve Australia’s health care, says Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot.

“When it comes to aged care, the Federal Government has committed record funds to our aged care sector,” she says.

The government will pay 41 billion dollars in subsidies over the next four years which will equate to an average of 43,000 dollars per resident year. Another 20,000 dollars is contributed by residents themselves.

Ms Elliot says that the government is committed to making sure that older Australians have access to the appropriate aged care services when they need it whether they are living in aged residential care or living in their own home.

“We certainly understand that even then many Australians want to remain in their own homes and remain as independent as possible.”

Last month, Ms Elliot announced that Australia had the longest life expectancy in the English speaking world and that the Rudd Government had provided more financial support to aged and community care than past governments.

Ms Elliot will be speaking at The 5th Annual Australia’s Ageing Population Summit on the 25th to 26th June 2009 at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel, Queensland.

www.informa.com.au/ageing

To arrange a media pass, request more information or arrange speaker interviews at The 5th Annual Australia’s Ageing Population Summit please contact:
John Wilson on 02 9080 4107 or john.wilson@informa.com.au

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