FUNDING: Cherbourg aged care facility, Ny-Ku Byun Elders Village, will receive a boost in funding in 2019.
FUNDING: Cherbourg aged care facility, Ny-Ku Byun Elders Village, will receive a boost in funding in 2019. Heath Pukallus

Cherbourg facility receives funding boost

CHERBOURG aged care facility, Ny-Ku Byun Elders Village, will receive a boost in funding in 2019.

As an eligible aged care provider it will benefit with a 30 per cent increase in the viability supplement as part of funding from the Australian government.

The viability supplement in residential care is a payment made to the service provider under the Aged Care Act 1997 to supplement the higher costs of care for small, rural aged care services to offer quality care to care recipients.

Three aged care homes across the electorate of Wide Bay will benefit.

"Petrie Gardens in Tiaro, the Residency in Tin Can Bay and new provider Ny-Ku Byun in Cherbourg will receive additional funding to reduce cost pressures and ensure their sustainability into the future,” Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said.

In addition to funding to providers additional home care packages will be offered

"An additional 10,000 high-level Home Care packages will be available from early January, putting downward pressure on wait times for people in Wide Bay,” Mr O'Brien said. 

"Hundreds of local seniors who are already receiving Home Care Packages will also benefit from fee reductions of up to $400 a year. 

"This home care boost is on top of the extra 20,000 packages funded in the past year which, when combined, will result in a record 40 per cent increase in the people receiving home care packages.”

The government is also investing $98 million to fund increased payments for GPs to treat patients in local aged care homes. 

"We recognise the important role local doctors play in supporting the health and care of people in residential care, and this funding will ensure this can continue,” Mr O'Brien said. 

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