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Fed: Govt fast-tracks aged care assessments of fire victims

14 Feb 2009 11:38 AM

The federal government's fast-tracked care assessments .. so a group of elderly people from bushfire ravaged Victoria can receive emergency respite care in aged care homes.

Minister for Ageing JUSTINE ELLIOT says this is a a one-off measure that gives them immediate access to accommodation and care.

She says this is until they're able to make longer-term arrangements or decide that they wish to be admitted to aged care on a permanent basis.

Ms ELLIOT says the government's removed the requirement for prior Aged Care Assessment Team assessments for older people affected by the fires.