Innovation Grants Support Dementia and Aged Care Choices
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP 11th July 2017
The Australian Government has released $34 million in funding grants to support innovation in dementia care and other aged care services.
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the grants would help the aged care system to meet the challenges ahead.
“The projects to be funded are cutting-edge and will strengthen the capacity of the aged care sector to respond to consumer-directed care and the challenges of dementia,” Minister Wyatt said.
“We know Australia’s population is ageing, and we know the aged care system must adapt to meet the community’s changing needs.”
42 projects will receive grants, with the focus on six priority areas.
“The Australian Government is committed to supporting the aged care sector as it moves towards consumer-directed care,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Supporting these projects will identify barriers that restrict access and choice and help ensure the special needs of consumers from diverse backgrounds are met.
“Australians deserve an aged care system that is responsive and sustainable and empowers them to receive the services they need. My priority is a flexible system that people understand works for them, not against them.”
“These grants will help ensure our aged care system is able to deliver high- quality and more innovative services, now and into the future.”
The successful projects will receive funding through to 30 June 2019.