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Warracknabeal residents will have the opportunity to find out more about My Aged Care on Thursday 27 February. Rural Northwest Health Wellbeing Coordinators Karen Miller and Katrina Rosser will be available outside the IGA supermarket between 1 and 3pm to answer any questions you have and to make appointments to complete your registration.

My Aged Care known as MAC was introduced by the Australian Government on the 1st July 2013, it assists senior (over 65) Australians, their families and carers to access services in the community and obtain information about aged care services.

Karen explained “The name My Aged Care has caused confusion over the years with many people believing that it meant you were getting sent to Aged Care, this not being the case”.

My aged care will facilitate client’s registration creating a client record and conduct a screening to identify your needs.

“To access the services of District Nursing, Day Program, Allied Health such as Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Occupational Therapy, Shire Services eg. Home Help, Meals on Wheels and shower assist, Aged Care and Respite you must be registered with MAC. Obtaining registered with MAC also assists Rural Northwest Health in accessing funding to deliver services” said Karen.

Yarriambiack Shire Council Mayor Graeme Massey and his wife Mary recently registered for My Aged Care. “This is the first step in getting into the system as you never know when you might need to access any of the services. Now that I’m registered it won’t be a problem in the future” said Graeme.

It takes approximately 10 minutes to register with MAC to obtain your registration.  If services are required at the time of registration it will take approximately 20 minutes and then an assessor from the Shire will phone you to organise an appropriate time for a RAS (My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service)

Rural Northwest Health are aiming to get as many people over 65 registered as possible over the coming months and it would be great if everyone could get behind this project.

If you require assistance with registering you may book an appointment with Karen and Katrina on the day, this can happen in your own home or at RNH. Alternatively if you are happy to register yourself you can do so by calling

My Aged Care                    1800 200 422

Opening hours:                 8am -8pm Mon- Fri, 10am – 2pm Saturday

More information can be found at www.myagedagedcare.gov.au

Registration days are currently being planned for Hopetoun and Beulah with dates announced soon.

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