Lisa Chesters MP has welcomed a $580,000 funding boost that will provide home support for older people, younger people with disabilities and their carers, allowing them to live independently for longer.
Chesters acknowledges the announcement of $580,000 for home and community care services (HACC) across Central Victoria is a small miracle.
“It's good news the Federal Government will continue to fund its share of local Home and Community Care (HACC) services.
“The $580,489 for HACC services in the Bendigo electorate will be distributed among 15 Health and community services in Bendigo, Eaglehawk, Castlemaine, Kyneton, Heathcote and Maldon.
“Some of the most vulnerable people in our community rely on the HACC services. It's a small miracle that these vital HACC services and small capital grants have also not been hit with savage funding cuts.
“The Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative will receive one-off funding of $15,000 for minor capital works; Castlemaine Health will receive a one-off boost of $33,000 in addition to $12,000 of recurrent funding; Kyneton District Health and Heathcote Health will receive one-off payments of $14,000 and $8,000 respectively,” said Ms Chesters.
The HACC Program in Victoria is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments, at a ratio of approximately 60:40. Over the past year the Australian and Victorian Governments have provided $681million in HACC support to more than 300,000 Victorians.
Services funded through the HACC Program include nursing and allied health care, personal care, domestic assistance, meals and social support, as well as respite services for carers.
“This funding announcement will provide some relief to Central Victorian organisations which have been hit hard by other Federal Government funding cuts.
“The Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative, Bendigo Health, Castlemaine Health, local community health organisations and local governments, have all had vital funding and programs cut by the Abbott Liberal Government.
“While this funding recognises the essential services provided by these organisations, it does not adequately compensate for all the other cuts we have seen under this Liberal National Government,” said Ms Chesters.