Apr 11, 2012

Therapy services to help older Australians to age well

More than 70,000 older Australians will continue to receive subsidised physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and podiatry services for the next 3 years.

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, announced today that funding for the Day Therapy Centre (DTC) program would be extended until 30 June 2015.

The Labor Government is providing more funding, for more services, to more older Australians than ever before.

The Government will provide more than $38 million each year to more than 140 day therapy centres across Australia, allowing them to provide a wide variety of therapies which can help older Australians to either maintain or recover their independence.  

“Older Australians are living longer, healthier and more prosperous lives than ever before and the overwhelming message that I’m hearing is that they want more support to live independently for as long as possible,” Mr Butler said.

“Our continued support of day therapy services will support our ageing population to age well and remain in their own homes and communities, close to family and friends.”

During 2010-11, nearly 74,000 people were assisted under the program and more than 800,000 hours of therapy were provided.

Giving older Australians more choice in the support and care they receive and support to remain in their own homes is critical to our efforts to build a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of older Australians and their families.

Since being elected in 2007, the Labor Government has increased funding to aged care services by 50 per cent – providing more than $51.6 billion for aged care services across Australia.

 

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