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ACC announces $30.5 million aged care funding boost

New Zealand has a rapidly ageing population, and for those aged 65 or older there is a 30 per cent chance of taking a tumble.

However, a major funding boost, $30.5 million over four years, was announced today by ACC and will help reduce the consequences of such falls.

Mary Mellor, 85, has been stepping up her recovery following a third fall.

"I fell on my left side at 10 at night. Thanks to St Johns alarm, I was able to get help because I was by myself."

ACC estimates over 65-year-old's have a one in three chance of having an incident, with between 10 and 20 per cent of those resulting in hip fractures, hospitalisation, or worse.

"This is a significant investment, whether it's community strength and balance, whether it's our fracture liaison services, whether it's safety assessments in the home. In my view, this is about a seismic shift in the prevention of falls for New Zealand," ACC Minister Nikki Kaye said.

Seniors Minister Maggie Barry said when people fall they lose confidence.

"And they don't really trust themselves anymore. And their world narrows right down to a bed and the contents of a bedside locker."

The number of over 65s is expected to reach 1.2 million people by 2035.

ACC says up to 30 per cent of those over 65 will have some kind of fall leading to injury. Source: 1 NEWS