Funds blow for aged care
PLANS for a nursing home in Mossman have suffered a blow with the rejection of an application for funding from the Commonwealth.
The Mossman District Nursing Home Incorporated along with the Salvation Army applied for Commonwealth funding for a capital grant and a zero-interest loan last month but were unsuccessful.
Chief executive officer for the Salvation Army’s Aged Care Plus Sharon Callister said the application process followed the aged care approval round released by the Commonwealth every 12 months.
“The Government had $58.5 million available for the whole country for capital grants and the applications well exceeded what was available,” she said.
“The Department of Ageing and Health is conducting a formal review and giving feedback in the next three months and it will be our first formal opportunity to get some additional information.
“It’s fair to say the MDNHI and the Salvation Army are all very upset and disappointed but we are keen to meet formally to get feedback on why so we can approve our application next time.”
This rejection has put the plans on hold for a high-care facility and general low-care nursing home in Mossman.
Last August, Cairns Regional Council approved the division of the land for the Salvation Army to build the high-care facility, subject to certain conditions including getting the necessary approvals and funding.
“We made it quite clear in our application that we do need Government funding for this,” Ms Callister said.
“An inquiry into aged care in Australia in the last 12 months from the Productivity Commission came up with 58 recommendations with key changes.
“The aged care industry with providers and potential clients is now waiting for a Government decision on those recommendations so I think that’s going to be at the Government forefront now, which recommendations they’re going to accept.
“And from there I would be looking towards the Government to advise what they’re going to be doing on the next aged care approvals round.”
The process may be lengthy but the MDNHI and the Salvation Army are determined to find out what went wrong with their application and improve it for the next round of funding, whenever that might be.
“I believe that once we got all the information we will be in a much stronger position and we’re all incredibly excited about providing this nursing home and we want to do it the right way,” Ms Callister said.