“Targeted programs like this can lead to improved health outcomes for a community traditionally cut off from these vital services.”
Labour Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips discussing funding cuts for IRT Group Booraja Home Care service in Parliament.
“IRT Group saw the gap in home care services for indigenous Australians and the impact this was having on their health outcomes. After receiving a grant under the Dementia and Aged Care Services innovation funding round in 2017, IRT worked with the Aboriginal community in Batemans Bay to build the Booraja Home Care pilot program.
The pilot has successfully helped aboriginal people in the Batemans bay area to access Home Care packages winning a national award at the innovAgeing awards. Booraja has provided care to 20 older Aboriginal people and has a waitlist of further clients.
IRT also found 75% of Booraja clients did not know about Home Care or how to access it before the program. But their grant has expired and so far they have been unable to secure further funding, an absolute tragedy for this community.
Booraja has employed all Aboriginal caseworkers training them in a Cert III in individual support, but they can’t secure additional funding.”
About IRT Group:
IRT Group is one of Australia’s largest community-owned seniors’ lifestyle and care providers. With 50 years’ experience and locations throughout NSW, the ACT and South East Queensland, we employ over 2800 people and play a significant role in promoting seniors as dynamic, influential and valuable members of society.