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Harriet Shing MP:
Improving Aged Care Services across Gippsland
Residential aged care facilities across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria share in more than $10million vital upgrade budget.
By Portal Admin - 5th August 2018 - Back to News
Dozens of residential aged care facilities across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will share in more than $10 million from the Andrews Labor Government to make vital upgrades.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing today announced that Griffiths Point Lodge Hostel is one of 38 facilities to receive the funding from the Government’s Significant Facility Refurbishment Initiative.
The refurbishment projects include improvements to common areas that support better social spaces, bedroom or bathroom refurbishments that improve resident privacy and independence, and upgrades to outdoor activity areas to make them more accessible.
The upgrades will not only modernise facilities but also improve the comfort and safety for residents and staff, and assist public sector aged care facilities to be sustainable into the future.
Additionally, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley has announced funding of $1.1 million, which will see up to a thousand public sector health, and aged care nurses receive specialist training to improve the treatment and care of our elderly Victorians.
The training will help nurses better identify and manage a range of physical and mental health issues commonly experienced by older people.
The training will be led by the Australian Nurses and Midwifery Federation in partnership with La Trobe University and will begin in September.
This will be complemented by training being rolled out by the Public Sector Residential Aged Care (PSRAC) Leadership Committee targeting senior nurses about how improved practice can be embedded in operations.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
"We’re providing $10 million to aged care facilities right across Victoria to help them make necessary upgrades which will make a real difference to the quality of life for residents, now and into the future."
"We’re also investing in our aged care workforce by providing additional training to these highly-skilled professionals so that we can be sure elderly Victorians receive the care they deserve."
Quotes attributable to member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing
"This funding will significantly improve the amenities and comfort at residential facilities in Sale, Omeo, Leongatha and Yarram. From bariatric tracking and palliative facilities to new open lounge areas, these changes will make a really positive difference in residents’ lives and also improve the workplace of those who support them.
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