Apply for aged care funds: McGowan

By Benalla Ensign

Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is urging aged-care providers in Benalla to apply for the next Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR).

The Federal Government has announced the upcoming ACAR, which includes provisions for 13500 more beds and 775 short-term restorative-care places across Australia.

While the round is open to all aged-care providers, the Federal Government will give special consideration to applications from providers based outside metropolitan areas.

‘‘I am pleased that the government has committed to paying extra attention to applications from aged-care providers in rural, regional and remote areas,’’ Ms McGowan said.

‘‘We know that there is a strain on providers and their ability to provide care.

‘‘There is also community concern about an ageing population and how our elders will be looked after into the future.

‘‘Funding like this helps to ensure that we can provide access to high-level care in Indi.

‘‘In the past, there have been a number of successful applications from big, city-based care providers.

‘‘I am keen to see local providers make applications and take advantage of this new round.’’

●The new round opens on July 2 and closes on August 10 and more information can be found at