New aged care centre for the Kimberley

WA operator Juniper announces new aged care centre for the Kimberley

Kununurra in WA’s far north will be home to the new service hub, which will feature 32 aged care beds with a mix of single rooms with ensuites and two- and three-bedrooms with ensuites.

There will also be room for existing HACC and home care services that will be specifically adapted to the Kimberley conditions and the local indigenous culture, plus therapy and exercise areas.

 “There is a strong need for residential aged care and community care support services in the region and this, coupled with a high level of confidence and investment in Kununurra, will bring positive economic activity and important infrastructure to the town and wider community,” Chief Executive Vaughan Harding said.

Currently, families and older people often have to move to Darwin or Perth for care and support.

A member of UnitingCare, Juniper is subsidising the development with help from the Federal Government, but is still looking for $11.5 million in grants to get the project underway.

They hope the centre will be completed by the end of 2017.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.