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Prime Minister announces disability funding

$60 million to target those at risk of entering residential aged care prematurely.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced 21 organisations will share $60 million to help build community-based accommodation for adults with severe or profound disability.

The Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund will help address a shortfall in supported accommodation and respite for people with disability.

Negotiations for funding agreements are in progress with the successful organisations, which will be responsible for 27 projects, providing 169 new supported accommodation and respite places.

"People with disability need access to a range of supported accommodation models that will allow them, and their carers to participate as valued members of their communities," Gillard said. The initiative would help reduce the number of young people with disability who are cared for in nursing homes, or those at risk of placement in residential aged care.

Some of the places will be provided for people with ageing carers or people in rural and remote communities. Specific projects will also be provided for indigenous communities.


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