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It is now even easier to access information about aged care in Australia with the introduction of National info Line!
The new Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre number is 1800 200 422
This number replaces all of the old numbers for the centres although the old numbers will still work until their deactivation at some point in the future.
Mark Butler, the minister for Mental Health and Aged, says that the new number will “act as the new single point of entry for people seeking information and access to aged care services”.
With the Australian population set to go through a period of demographic ageing, this is timely news indeed. Already 1.2 million older Australians rely on some form of care and with population ageing we can expect this number to significantly increase.
In addition to the new info line, the federal government has also made improvements to the aged care website to make it easier to navigate.
This reform is just one step in the direction of a consistent, national and integrated system of aged care. It is hoped that such a single point of entry will take some of the confusion out of the aged care system.
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