New hos­pi­tal funds

More aged care beds for Mundubbera

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced the Mundubbera Hos­pi­tal will re­ceive two new aged care beds.

Flynn MP Ken O’Dowd said the fund­ing was part of a $8.5 mil­lion na­tional Multi-Pur­pose Ser­vices Pro­gram.

“The two ad­di­tional high-care places is great news for the Mundubbera com­mu­nity,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“It’s im­por­tant that the aged care needs of older Aus­tralians are met – re­gard­less of where they live – and the ex­panded aged care ser­vices in Mundubbera means we can bet­ter care for our older com­mu­nity mem­bers in fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings.

“This an­nounce­ment will make a real and pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to the lives of our se­nior res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies.”

Fed­eral As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Health and Aged Care Ken Wy­att an­nounced the fund­ing on Jan­uary 24.

“Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion is ag­ing rapidly so it’s im­per­a­tive that we struc­ture our aged care sys­tem so it is flex­i­ble, pro­vides greater choice, is peo­ple-cen­tred and sus­tain­able,” Mr Wy­att said.

“No mat­ter where peo­ple live, aged care ser­vices must be avail­able to com­mu­ni­ties across the na­tion and in all its di­ver­sity.

“It’s im­por­tant that older peo­ple with in­creas­ing or com­plex care needs are able to stay close to loved ones and where they have es­tab­lished com­mu­nity ties.”

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil aged care spokes­woman coun­cil­lor Faye Whe­lan said she wel­comed the new aged care places.

“It’s good news in that the beds are be­ing funded by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment but it takes away from the acute beds,” Cr Whe­lan said.

“We can’t add any more beds into the in­fra­struc­ture.

“We need a new wing built onto the hos­pi­tal so we can ac­com­mo­date both acute pa­tients and meet the needs of the aged.”

Cr Whe­lan said she ap­pre­ci­ated the work Mr O’Dowd had done.

“The al­lo­ca­tion for ex­tra beds means fund­ing will be there for the hos­pi­tal,” she said.

“The sad part is by ac­com­mo­dat­ing those ex­tra beds, we have to take away prob­a­bly some more acute beds.

“This has both pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives, it spurs us on to con­tinue to lobby for an ex­tra wing in our hos­pi­tal to ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing num­ber of aged folks who need 24-hour care.”

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