(2003), "Australia. Respite services for carers", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 16 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijhcqa.2003.06216dab.013Download as .RIS
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Australia. Respite services for carers
Respite services for carers
Keywords: Care, Funding
More respite care and counselling services will be provided for carers throughout Australia, particularly those in rural and remote areas. Federal Minister for Ageing, Kevin Andrews announced that $10 million had been allocated through the National Respite for Carers Program to provide more respite services for carers of older Australians and people with disabilities, and $3.6 million had also been allocated for a national counselling program for carers which will be managed by Carers Australia.
Mr Andrews said: "Carers will have access to emotional and psychological support, including bereavement counselling, through trained counsellors at Commonwealth Carer Resource Centres and the Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres.
"High priority will go to the needs of carers in rural and remote areas as well as carers who look after people with dementia. The funds will also address gaps in current services."
A further increase of $19.3 million over the next 18 months, a 37 per cent funding increase, will be available to the 63 Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres across the country.
The funding is part of the $80 million over four years for more support for carers announced in the 2002/2003 Budget. The Budget also provided $55 million for the National Palliative Care Program to improve palliative care in local communities.