Minister opens $1.7 million Aged & Disability Services Centre expansion

Galiwin'ku Aged & Disability Services Team with Minister Snowdon, Councillor Thurlow & Councillor Gondarra

Galiwin'ku Aged & Disability Services Team with Minister Snowdon, Councillor Thurlow & Councillor Gondarra

Galiwin'ku Aged & Disability Services Team with Minister Snowdon, Councillor Thurlow & Councillor Gondarra

Minister for Indigenous Health the Hon Warren Snowdon and senior Aged Care Staff member Mr Markurri Bukulatjpi have officially opened the $1.7 million expansion of the Galiwin'ku Aged Care & Disability Service Centre.

Mrs Stacey Eley, Regional Manager for Aged & Disability Services with East Arnhem Shire Council, said Galiwin'ku community began planning the expansion of the Centre in response to the growing need to provide sustainable and ongoing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients to access community aged & disability services in community.

"The redevelopment provides additional service areas, secure outdoor activity space, staff facilities, high/low care amenities and improved disability access", Mrs Eley said.

The Galiwin'ku Aged Care & Disability Service Centre currently provides ongoing support to 22 CACP clients with varying levels of care needs and 23 HACC clients residing in Galiwin'ku.

The service employs 10 staff members, 9 of which are Yolngu. They make and deliver over 50 meals a day through the 'Meals on Wheels' service; provide day respite services; social support, cleaning, shopping, banking & laundry; and provide emotional support to enable clients to remain on country with family and friends.

"We aim to provide a service that will give clients an opportunity to stay at home on community for as long as possible before they need to relocate to access higher clinical and specialist support in urban areas" said Mrs Eley. 

"These extensions bring Galiwin'ku one step closer to being able to provide a comprehensive culturally appropriate Aged and Disability Service that allows high need clients to stay in community and on their country.

"We have a fantastic team in Galiwin'ku, and with ongoing skill development and infrastructure investment, we believe that a service that accommodates high clinical support clients on Galiwin'ku would one day be achievable", said Mrs Eley. 

The new centre is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing.