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Dunkley Home and Community Care services receive $340,000 boost

Frail, older people and younger people with a disability in Dunkley will receive extra support to stay in their own homes thanks to a $340,000 boost from the Australian and Victorian Governments.

The extra funding for the Home and Community Care (HACC) program will be distributed among seven services in Frankston, Mornington, Baxter, Seaford and Mount Eliza.

The HACC program provides critical services that help older people and people with a disability stay independent for longer, by providing care where most people prefer to receive it—in their own homes and communities.

The funding will be used to expand existing services in Dunkley to support Victorians who need
help to continue to live at home.

It will also enable people to keep active and involved in their local community.

The HACC program provides nursing and allied health care, personal care, domestic assistance, meals, and social support, as well as respite services for carers – without which many people wouldn’t be able to remain living independently.

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, said the funding was part of $668 million in joint Australian Government and Victorian Government funding invested in the HACC program across the state this financial year.

“The Australian Government believes that older Australians deserve to have the support they need to live active and healthy lives, and to continue to live at home when possible,” Senator Fifield said.

Further information on the HACC program is available at the Department of Health website
www.health.gov.au or the Victorian Department of Health website www.health.vic.gov.au/hacc