Tullawon Health Care Service at Yalata and Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service were among the recipients of a grant aimed at supporting Indigenous aged care services.
They were two of nine services helping Indigenous people living in aged care in regional, rural and remote communities to have benefited from more than $3.7 million in grants.
Tullawon was granted $900,000 for the construction of two aged care staff accommodation units at Yalata, while Ceduna Koonibba received $36,113.63 to purchase a duress alarm system, sliding doors and termite treatment and tree removal.
Tullawon chief executive officer Joanne Badke said the grant would be of great assistance to the health service.
“This grant is exciting for our health service,” she said.
“We’ve always been geographically challenged and housing is an issue for the community, so to be able to house these qualified workers is fantastic for us.”
She also said the grant would help improve skills and services at the facility.
Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt said the grants, under the federal government’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program, were in addition to the $33.5 million the program provided annually for service delivery.
“The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program is designed specifically to improve services to elderly indigenous people, mainly in remote locations,” he said.
The grants also give providers an opportunity to refurbish or upgrade living spaces for clients or staff, buy a range of necessary equipment for kitchens or laundries, and to fulfill medical or security requirements.
“The government’s reform vision is to deliver integrated aged care services not only to major centres, but also to small regional and remote communities.
“We want aged care that is flexible, non-discriminatory and culturally appropriate, no matter where people live, and inclusive of elderly Indigenous Australians who are among our most vulnerable citizens.”