The National Rural Health Alliance welcomes the expansion of Multipurpose Services aged care funding, announced this morning by the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP.
David Butt, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Alliance commented that “Multipurpose Services (MPSs) are central to the provision of health and aged care services in smaller rural and remote communities.
“This model of service is a joint undertaking between the communities and the State and Commonwealth health authorities. MPSs have developed to provide hospital community and aged care services under a single roof. They enable many older people to receive the support necessary to remain in their rural and remote community as long as possible – close to their family and friends.
“The Alliance has been calling for an expansion of the MPS program for several years and I am delighted to support the Minister’s announcement this morning that will see two new MPSs in Bamaga and Richmond in Queensland, with additional places in several states and increased levels of funding for many other services.
“The Alliance has been aware for some time that many services were stretched very thin financially and experiencing difficulties in maintaining their long term sustainability. This injection of funding is just what the doctor ordered” said Mr Butt.
The MPS is an Australian innovation that developed in the 1990s as one means of providing access to health and aged care in smaller communities. Mr Butt noted that “MPSs are the quiet achievers in rural and remote health and aged care and I am so pleased to see the Government acknowledging the significant contribution they make to communities.”