Nurs­ing home com­mit­ment

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE Sal­va­tion Army have re­con­firmed their com­mit­ment to get­ting a nurs­ing home in Moss­man and will reap­ply for fund­ing from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Mem­bers of the Sal­va­tion Army met with the Moss­man Dis­trict Nurs­ing Home In­cor­po­rated at their meet­ing last week to dis­cuss in depth their next plan of ac­tion.

The first ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing for a cap­i­tal grant and a zero-in­ter­est loan was re­jected, how­ever the ap­pli­ca­tion will be a lot stronger in the next round af­ter tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion feed­back from the Depart­ment of Health and Age­ing.

This round Queens­land only re­ceived $2.2 mil­lion from $58.5 mil­lion of avail­able fund­ing for cap­i­tal grants and $25.1 mil­lion out of $150 mil­lion avail­able for zero real in­ter­est loans.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer for the Sal­va­tion Army’s Aged Care Plus Sharon Cal­lis­ter met with the MDNHI last week af­ter re­ceiv­ing the depart­ment’s re­view of the ap­pli­ca­tion and rea­sons for the re­jec­tion.

“We need to pro­vide ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion, par­tic­u­larly the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­land peo­ple and be clearer in the ap­pli­ca­tion about all spe­cial needs groups,” she said.

“I’ve come up with op­er­a­tional man­ager Luke Grieves, di­vi­sional com­man­der Ma­jor Rod­ney Wal­ters and a fur­ther con­sul­tant to meet with the MDNHI to give the re­view feed­back and look at ways to strengthen the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We’re com­mit­ted to reap­ply­ing when the next ten­der is an­nounced.”

Ms Cal­lis­ter also wel­comed a new pack­age in aged care re­form re­cently an­nounced by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

“It made ref­er­ence to tar­get­ing spe­cial needs groups - it may or may not im­pact us but the in­dus­try wel­comes the re­forms and peo­ple are cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about what will fol­low,” she said.

“We be­lieve quite strongly we should have an aged care fa­cil­ity in Moss­man and I wouldn’t waste my time if I thought It wasn’t a pos­si­bil­ity.

“Cer­tainly if only $2 mil­lion was granted in Queens­land last round, we’ll be hopeful it’s more im­proved this year.”

MDNHI pres­i­dent Marj Nor­ris said the group are ready to tackle the next round of ten­ders.

“Our com­mit­tee will be ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing the Sal­va­tion Army in ev­ery way pos­si­ble and we are con­fi­dent of public sup­port, this is a won­der­ful project that has so much scope for aged care in our re­gion,” she said.

“Land is avail­able for the de­vel­op­ment of in­di­vid­ual and as­sisted liv­ing projects co-lo­cated with the high care fa­cil­ity and we will be en­deav­our­ing to seek an in­ter­ested de­vel­oper.

“It’s a slow process but it will pro­ceed and wheels are turn­ing.”

Strength in num­bers: Sal­va­tion Army CEO Sharon Cal­lis­ter and Moss­man Dis­trict Nurs­ing Home Inc’s Marj Nor­ris (front) com­bine forces

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