HISTORIC FUNDING BOOST FOR CHINESE AGED CARE

Families in our state’s Chinese communities will have peace of mind that their elderly loved ones are getting the care they need, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that only a re-elected Labor Government will invest $8.25 million into Chinese aged care.

Funding of up to $7.25 million from a re-elected Labor Government will go towards purchasing land for a brand-new Chinese aged care facility in Melbourne. Labor’s investment will also include $500,000 to upgrade facilities at On Luck Nursing Home in Donvale and $500,000 for the Elderly Chinese Home in Parkville.

This commitment will help ensure older Chinese Victorians receive the care and comfort they deserve, while also giving their families peace of mind.

Many families want their elderly loved ones to stay at home for as long as possible. But sometimes, due to illness or injury, it’s just not possible. It’s why providing tailored aged care services are so important.

Aged care services dedicated to specific multicultural communities can make all the difference in helping older Victorians feel at home.

Research has also shown that those suffering from dementia often revert to their mother tongue. By having staff onsite that speak that same language, residents can be better understood and cared for.

Other than English, Mandarin is the most spoken language at home in Victoria, with more than 191,700 speakers, while 78,000 Victorians speak Cantonese at home. 

Under the previous Liberal Government, public aged care beds were set to be privatised, hurting older Victorians and their loved ones.

This announcement recognises the profound contribution that elderly Chinese Victorians have made to our state, and only Labor is willing to make the investments that really matter.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Our parents and grandparents have contributed so much to our state – it’s only fitting we make sure they get the care and dignity they deserve in their later years.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“Families want their elderly loved ones to stay at home for as long as possible. But if home care is no longer an option, we’ll make sure loved ones get the care and compassion they deserve.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“Victoria’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and our Chinese communities have made countless contributions to our state’s rich culture and identity.’’

HealthDan Andrews