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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2980..


Respite care and carer services

(Question No 389)

Mr Stanhope asked the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to respite care and carer services:

(1) How many respite places are currently available for use by people with acquired brain injury in the ACT.

(2) Please indicate the nature of the current services eg. long term or short term.

(3) What services or programs are currently (a) available and (b) being developed in the ACT to assist carers of people with acquired brain injury coping with challenging and/or aggressive behaviour from the person in their care.

(4) What programs and strategies are currently in place in ACT schools and colleges to assist students recovering from acquired brain injury in their transition back to mainstream education.

(5) Have there been any changes to measures currently in place to assist students in mainstream educational settings over the past year.

(6) How much money can a carer earn from paid employment before rental rebate rates are affected.

(7) How does this figure compare with Centrelink cut off points for earnings from paid employment for carers.

Mr Moore: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The following respite places are currently available for carers of people with acquired brain injury:

A centre based respite care service specifically targeted at people with acquired brain injury is provided at the Dorothy Sales Cottages in Hughes. This service offers one full-time respite care placement and is designed for people with high support needs.

Additional centre based respite care options are available through the respite care program, Disability Program, ACT Community Care.

Home based respite services provided by a range of community agencies funded under the Disability Services and Home and Community Care funding programs are available to carers of children and adults with acquired brain injury.

During 2000-01 the ACT Government provided a total of $976,396 for provision of respite services in the ACT. In addition the ACT Government provides funding of $236,945 to organizations providing recreational and holiday programs


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