THE HON. GREG HUNT MP
Federal Member for Flinders
Minister for Health and Aged Care
SENATOR THE HON. RICHARD COLBECK
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services
Minister for Sport
Senior Australians across the Mornington Peninsula will benefit with additional residential care places from the single largest investment in residential aged care infrastructure in Australia’s history.
Across the Mornington Peninsula an additional 69 residential aged care places have been created through the latest Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR):
- 9 places in Samkay Health Tyabb
- 60 places in The Bays Aged Care Facility
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said the additional residential aged care places will help more seniors across the Mornington Peninsula get access to the care they need.
“This is about reinforcing the future of care for senior Australians across the Mornington Peninsula” Minister Hunt said.
“It offers peace-of-mind and security not only for local residents already in care but also those who are carefully considering the next phase of their life.”
“With these additional residential aged care places, more senior Australian’s can access the care they need and stay close to their communities they’ve built over so many years.”
The Bays Healthcare Group CEO, Jade Phelan said, “The Bays are delighted to be awarded the requested 60 residential aged care places in the 2020 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR),”
“Government investments like these provide further opportunities for The Bays to continue providing the Mornington Peninsula community with the care they need, now and into the future.”
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services the Hon. Richard Colbeck, said the investment reflects the Morrison Government’s commitment to greater respect, care and dignity for senior Australians no matter where they live.
“Investing in aged care infrastructure means we can improve the quality and safety of residential aged care from the ground up,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Safe, secure and comfortable residential care homes, designed around the needs of residents, provide the foundation for our five-pillar, five-year aged care reform plan.”
The 2020 ACAR also includes the allocation of over 4000 residential care places and more than 1000 short-term restorative care places worth a combined $380 million a year.
Minister Colbeck said most of these new places will take effect immediately or within the next 18 months.
“I’m delighted with the response by providers that demonstrated their capacity to fast-track the delivery of quality care to senior Australians,” Minister Colbeck said.
“As a result, twice as many residential care places have been allocated than were made available for allocation”.
Priority locations were also a focus, with more than half of the new places allocated to areas most in need, including in regional and remote Australia.
Information about the 2020 ACAR outcomes, including details of the successful providers is available here.