Almost $20,000 of Federal funding to support disability and aged-care workforce in Shire of Pingelly

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Shire of Pingelly entrance.
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The Shire of Pingelly will receive about $20,000 in Federal funding to support its disability and aged-care workforce.

The grant, announced as part of round five of the Building Better Regions Fund, will be used to undertake a skills audit to identify and upskill a reliable workforce for aged care and disability services.

It follows a Federal Government commitment of more than $350,000 over three years to create a new virtual village aged-care system for several Wheatbelt towns, including Pingelly.

Instead of requiring new infrastructure to be built, the virtual village program will connect existing services and people using technology and a concierge desk.

The concierge desk would act like the centre manager at a lifestyle village, advocating for members, sharing information and promoting healthy ageing.

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Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the new funding would be used to support social infrastructure that delivered culturally appropriate services in the region.

“The audit will include local Indigenous people to deliver culturally appropriate care services within Pingelly,” Mr Wilson said.

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