BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan and LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding met with staff and residents from Cabanda Aged Care in Rosewood for a funding announcement.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan and LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding met with staff and residents from Cabanda Aged Care in Rosewood for a funding announcement. Contributed

Harding’s plan to deliver more for aged care

A PLAN to inject more money into aged care facilities across Blair has been announced by LNP candidate Teresa Harding.

Under the plan, residential care funding will grow by 5.1% per annum between 2016-17 and 2019-20, while also creating more beds and providing more financial assistance for older Australians.

Ms Harding said the funding was to ensure Australian's received the best care possible.

"Under the Turnbull Government's aged care plan, funding will follow the consumer not the provider from February 2017, allowing people to greater choice in the care that suits their individual needs," Ms Harding said.

However, Labor MP Shayne Neumann, who is also the Shadow Minister for Ageing, said the LNP Government were failing to address "their funding cuts".

"There is hardly a sector in the country that has suffered more than the aged care sector under this government. This sector is absolutely up in arms about this," Mr Neumann said.

"The LNP have cut more than $3 billion out of the funding portfolio in the last three years, and that will have an impact locally."

Ms Harding said under the LNP plan, older residents in West Moreton would be beneficiaries from increases in funding for aged care services, with the Turnbull Government announcing more than 17,000 new care places across the nation. 327 of those places have been created locally.

"There is a strong demand for aged care in West Moreton and these additional places is essential to ensuring our elderly receive the quality care they deserve," Ms Harding said.

Some local facilities set to benefit include Aveo Springfield Aged Care with 144 places, Bethany Christian Care at Redbank Plains with 100 places, Cabanda Aged Care in Rosewood with five places, Villa Maria Centre in Ipswich with 20 places, Alzheimer's Association of Queensland at Ipswich Multiservice Centre with 20 places, At Home Services Feros Care, West Moreton with 25 places and Burringilly Respite Service, West Moreton with 13 places.

In addition, the LNP also announced $67 million in capital grants to help approved providers establish new services or upgrade their existing facilities.

Ms Harding also met with Queensland LNP Senator Barry O'Sullivan to inspect the Cabanda Care Facility to announce $5000 to upgrade the centre's heating and cooling systems.


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