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More support for aged care

Carnarvon, Perenjori and Morawa will receive more aged care support, with 16 additional places to be made available for those with care needs.

The care will be provided through the Multi-Purpose Service Program, with 14 spots in Carnarvon and one each in Morawa and Perenjori.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt, who was appointed to the position in a cabinet reshuffle two weeks ago, made the announcement as part of an $8.5 million aged-care funding rollout last week.

Mr Wyatt said it was important for older people with increasing care needs to be able to stay close to loved ones and in communities they have established ties with.

"Australia's population is ageing rapidly, so it's imperative that we structure our aged care system so it is flexible, provides greater choice, is people-centred and sustainable," he said.

Member for Durack Melissa Price said the additional funding would help support older local residents as well as provide a higher level of care.

"It's important that the aged-care needs of older Australians are met irrespective of where they live - and the expanded aged-care services in Durack means we can better care for our older community members in familiar surroundings," she said.

"This announcement will make a real and positive difference to the lives of our senior residents and their families."

Source: Midwest Times.

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