Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced additional funding to provide more Aged Care Beds in Kyogle.
“It’s important the welfare of our elderly is supported irrespective of where they live and this funding helps them to stay in the local area and community,” he said.
Mr Hogan said Kyogle Multi-Purpose Service, part of Kyogle Memorial Hospital, will receive an additional $146,000 from the Federal Government to provide a further three Aged-Care Beds. This takes its total funding for this financial year to $1.4 million.
“The Northern Rivers has an aging population. This means providing additional Aged-Care beds is crucial for our community,” Mr Hogan said.
The funding for Kyogle is part of a $5.79 million package for Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to improve residential care services for people with more complex and increasing aged care needs.
The Multi-Purpose Services Programme is a jointly funded Commonwealth and State Government initiative, providing integrated health and aged care services to some smaller rural communities.
Research by RDA Northern Rivers has found the Clarence Valley/Northern Rivers has a higher proportion of population aged over 60 (23%), compared with the state average of 17%. This is forecast to rise to 31% by 2016.