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$10 million towards new Aboriginal specific health and aged care facility

Posted on March 10, 2021
  • WA Labor commits $10 million towards Sister Kate’s new 80-bed Aboriginal specific health and aged care in Queens Park
  • Facility to cater to specific cultural and spiritual needs of elderly Aboriginal people
  • Construction of the facility to support 140 local jobs

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will contribute $10 million towards a new 80-bed Aboriginal health and aged care facility in Queens Park.

The $30 million Hall & Prior and Sister Kate’s project will provide a much-needed care environment and program that is both culturally and spiritually specific to the needs of Aboriginal seniors.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety identified that Aboriginal people have limited access to mainstream aged care.

In 2015-16 only 1.4 per cent of Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment, the assessment required for entry into the aged care system in Australia, were of Aboriginal people. This highlights the under representation of Aboriginal people in residential aged care.

The Hall & Prior and Sister Kate’s partnership hopes to address this service gap for the benefit of Aboriginal people who require health and aged care services, in an environment that is culturally sensitive and tailored to their unique needs.

Sister Kate’s delivers a wide range of programs to heal, empower and develop leadership in Sister Kate’s Home Kids and their families, other Stolen Generations groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and their children, and share cultural perspectives with the wider community.

Sister Kate’s currently operate seniors accommodation, entirely run by volunteers, consisting of 10 units and a six-bedroom group home.

The new facility will support 140 local construction jobs and aged care jobs, when completed, including Aboriginal training opportunities.

Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:

“Elderly Aboriginal people deserve to have access to health and aged care services that are tailored to their cultural and spiritual needs.

“One of the biggest barriers for Aboriginal seniors accessing aged care facilities is the lack of culturally safe services, with the majority of available services provided specifically for Aboriginal people being community-based care models.

“The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recently highlighted this as a significant problem that needs to be addressed.

“Contributing to the construction of this facility will provide much-needed Commonwealth funded aged care beds in WA.”

Comments attributed to Cannington MLA Bill Johnston:

“Sister Kate’s Aboriginal Corporation is well advanced in their capabilities to deliver services to Aboriginal seniors.

“If re-elected the McGowan Government will invest $10 million into the Corporation’s development, which is already well advanced and can now be delivered sooner to provide much-needed services to elder Aboriginal people.

“WA Labor’s commitment assists the partnership to progress discussions with the Commonwealth Government for further funding.”