AGED care providers in Chisholm are being given the opportunity to bid for up to 130 new places allocated to the eastern metropolitan planning region.

The places include 30 residential high-care, 50 residential low-care and 50 community aged care packages.

Liberal senator Tsebin Tchen said the total number of places available for allocation in 2001 was 9541.

“These places provide for growth and make up the 10,000 bed shortfall identified by the auditor general in 1998 as resulting from the failure of the previous Labor Government to provide sufficient places,” Senator Tchen said.

Chisholm Liberal candidate Ros Clowes encouraged providers in Chisholm to apply for the funding. “The round includes the release of 80 new residential places in the eastern metropolitan planning region,” Mrs Clowes said.

“This will mean a significant increase in high-care places and better access to a residential place for those in need of a greater level of care in Chisholm.”

“The additional 50 community aged care packages will assist people who wish to remain in their own homes and still receive the care they need.”

The deadline for receiving applications is September 21.

Further information is available on the Department of Health and Aged Care Website at or telephone 1800500853