Canning: public meetings to guide where aged and disability services funds are funnelled


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CANNING residents who access the council’s aged and disability services packed a public meeting last week to discuss a potential restructure after changes to Federal funding.

The meeting was led by Ansell Strategic managing director Cam Ansell, the firm commissioned by the council to undertake a full review of the City of Canning’s aged care and disability services.

Currently, the City of Canning receives all aged care funding and allocates it throughout the City’s facilities but from February 2017, the Federal Government will fund the consumer directly.

The meeting was one of two public opportunities for the community to ask questions about possible future care in the region. A second meeting was held this Sunday.

Mr Ansell outlined the project, which included an evaluation of existing operations in the context of sector reforms, changing demographics and consumer preference.

He said Australia’s ageing population had put pressure on existing infrastructure that did not meet modern standards. He warned the switch to consumer-first reforms in February 2017 meant time was of the essence.

Canning director of community development Tania Trengrove told the meeting no decision had been made and any decision would be made in the best interest of the community using, or poised to use, the services.

“The council will be involved in all engagement activities to gain as much information as possible before they make a decision,” she said.

The community is urged to provide feedback on the findings to council by 4pm on June 17 and a report will be tabled to council at a special council meeting in July.