Local Carers To Choose Their Respite Services

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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

THE HON ALAN GRIFFIN MP

Member for Bruce


JOINT MEDIA RELEASE


22 October 2010


LOCAL CARERS TO CHOOSE THEIR RESPITE SERVICES


Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler handed over the first contract

under the Consumer Directed Respite Care initiative in Melbourne today, allowing

carers to select respite services of their choice.


The program is the first of its type in Australia, which will see local carers individually

receive a budget of $4,200 to go towards their chosen respite services.  


“This is the first of 16 agreements we will have with Commonwealth Respite and

Carelink Centres across Australia, with $1.24 million in funding to provide 200

consumer directed care packages to carers of older Australians,” Mr Butler said.  


He delivered the contract to the Eastern Metropolitan Commonwealth Respite and

Carelink Centre while visiting the centre with Member for Bruce, Alan Griffin.


Under the Consumer Directed Care initiative, more than $13 million will go to an

additional 500 consumer-directed places which will broadly align with existing

Community Aged Care Packages, and Extended Aged Care at Home and Extended

Aged Care at Home Dementia packages. 


“This initiative will fund selected community aged care providers to deliver innovative

service models that will provide care recipients and their carers with greater control

over the design and delivery of the care and services they receive,” Mr Butler said.


“Consumer directed care has been shown to improve the quality of life and

independence of care recipients.”


Implementing the program during National Carers Week, Mr Butler said the Gillard

Government is committed to better recognising and supporting the nation’s carers. 


Mr Griffin said: “We are leading the development of Australia’s first-ever National

Carer Recognition Framework which will include National Carer Recognition

Legislation and a National Carer Strategy that will lead to improved support and

services for Australia's family carers.


“Our carers, almost 2.9 million at last count, perform a valuable service, not just for

those they care for, but also for the broader community. This Government

recognises and appreciates the valuable contribution carers make in our society.”


Media contact: 

Samantha Regione


0418 112 688





Matt Broderick 



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