Capital Investment in Multi-Purpose Services
The Government will invest $122 million to build more than 280 sub-acute beds in Multi-Purpose Services to improve care for people in rural and remote areas.
Capital Investment in Multi-Purpose Services fact sheet (PDF 60 KB)
How does this initiative work?
What has the Australian Government done so far to provide more Multi-Purpose Services?
Some older Australians, particularly in rural and remote areas, spend too long in a hospital while waiting for an aged care place to become available.
The Australian Government is taking action through its National Health and Hospitals Network.
The Government will invest $122.0 million to build more than 280 sub-acute beds in Multi-Purpose Services to improve care for people in rural and remote areas.
As part of the related Supporting the care of Long Stay Older Patients initiative, the Government will also work with the states and territories to increase the number of Multi-Purpose Services by allowing Multi-Purpose Services to be established in locations with population catchments of up to 6,000, an increase from the current 4,000 people. This will create up to an additional 300 beds, providing care for 420 older people per year.
How does this initiative work?Multi-Purpose Services provide integrated health and aged care services, generally in hospital settings, and are an important option for the delivery of hospital and aged care services in rural and remote areas.
The Government will add approximately 286 sub-acute beds or bed-equivalents to Multi-Purpose Services, supporting up to 5,400 people a year when fully implemented at a cost of $122.0 million over four years.
What has the Australian Government done so far to provide more Multi-Purpose Services?Since 2007, the Government has expanded the Multi-Purpose Service Program: in June 2009 there were 126 operational Multi-Purpose Services, with a total of 3,076 flexible aged care beds, almost 10 per cent more than the previous year.
The costs of the initiative reflect the total new program costs to the Government.
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