Partnership to rebuild aged care centre for First Nations people

Friday, 15 July, 2022

Partnership to rebuild aged care centre for First Nations people

Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS) has announced it is rebuilding the Kaltukatjara’s Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Flexible Aged Care, which will provide care for First Nations people at Docker River.

Wendy Hubbard, General Manager for ARRCS, announced the rebuilding project (the Project), funded by grants from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program.

“Partnerships like this are so critical for enabling ARRCS to extend the provision of culturally appropriate aged care to the residents and their families within the community of Kaltukatjara. We are incredibly grateful for this support,” Hubbard said.

“The rebuilding project will ensure that our aging First Nations peoples can continue to access and reside in flexible high-quality and culturally safe aged care within their local community.”

The development will include:

  • 26 resident rooms (including two palliative care beds) and ensuites;
  • resident common areas (lounge areas, activity space, dining room);
  • back of house (kitchen, laundry, administrative areas, staff amenities);
  • culturally appropriate design features — options for interconnecting rooms, outdoor areas and landscaping, activities areas, etc, that respond to the spiritual and cultural needs of residents.

The location for the rebuild will be in close proximity to the existing Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Flexible Aged Care service.

“That means our residents can stay where they are at Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Flexible Aged Care and we can continue providing services without disruption; and watch our vision come to life,” Hubbard said.

ARRCS provides care and support to people in regional and urban communities throughout the Northern Territory, from Nhulunbuy, Darwin, Katherine and Kaltukatjara.

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