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Friday, 17 August 2018

Friday,17 August 2018


Dozens ofresidential aged care facilities across metropolitan Melbourne and regionalVictoria will share in more than $10 million from the Andrews Labor Governmentto make vital upgrades. 

Local StateMembers Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards today announced that Simpkin House isone of 38 facilities to receive funding from the Government’s SignificantFacility Refurbishment Initiative.

The projectwill create a memory support dementia wing. The refurbished wing will include:a lifestyle room and sensory garden to enhance the care of residents withdementia, the creation of a hair and beauty salon and refurbishment of the activityroom.

The upgradeswill not only modernise facilities but also improve the comfort and safety for residentsand staff, and assist public sector aged care facilities to be sustainable intothe future.

Additionally,Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley has announced fundingof $1.1 million, which will see up to a thousand public sector health and agedcare nurses receive specialist training to improve the treatment and care ofour elderly Victorians.

The training will help nurses better identify and manage a rangeof physical and mental health issues commonly experienced by older people.

The training will be led by the Australian Nurses and MidwiferyFederation in partnership with La Trobe University and will begin inSeptember.  

This will be complemented by training being rolled out by thePublic Sector Residential Aged Care (PSRAC) Leadership Committee targetingsenior nurses about how improved practice can be embedded in operations. 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and AgeingMartin Foley

“We’re providing $10 million to agedcare facilities right across Victoria to help them make necessary upgradeswhich will make a real difference to the quality of life for residents, now andinto the future.”

“We’re also investing in our aged care workforce by providingadditional training to these highly-skilled professionals so that we can besure elderly Victorians receive the care they deserve.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan


Simpkin House plays a key role in providing care for ourvulnerable senior citizens here in our local community and this funding willhelp make sure their amenities are up to scratch.”

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