New hospital funds
More aged care beds for Mundubbera
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.”