Local, Independant and Effective
December 15, 2015

Upper Murray Health & Community Services secures increased aged care funding

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, has congratulated Upper Murray Health & Community Services (UMHCS) on the successful lobbying carried out with the Federal Government to get an increase of federal funding to help deliver more aged care to local residents.

The Federal Government has announced a $5.79 million funding increase for aged care places in Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) Program providers.

Ms McGowan said Corryong received additional funding for 15 new high level places to support people with higher care needs.

“This is positive news for UMHCS clients,” she said. “UMHCS will be able to provide high level care to people who want to stay in their homes and not move into a nursing facility.

“The funding increase will lead to extra trained staff to accommodate the additional high level care being offered.”

At the invitation of Ms McGowan, MPS providers visited Parliament in October to lobby key ministers and Government representatives for changes to current MPS funding arrangements. These included UMHCS CEO Maxine Brockfield and board member Max Grigg.

“MPS’s need to maintain their flexibility to provide the service the community expects through consultation,” Ms McGowan said.  

In Question Time on October 13, Ms McGowan called on Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, to review the MPS funding arrangements. Ms Ley agreed a review was necessary and confirmed the Aged Care Financing Authority was carrying one out.

“I welcome the Government’s acknowledgement of the role MPS providers play in regional and rural Australia,” Ms McGowan said.

“The outcomes of the review are anxiously awaited by MPS providers looking for certainty that this unique funding model will remain and continue to deliver positive health outcomes for residents.”


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