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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 756..

Aged care facilities

(Question No 60)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 19 February 2002:

In relation to your response to QON 4 and specifically reply (2)(b)(i):

(1) Where are the building extensions by name taking place to accommodate the 52 currently non-operational places for residential aged care.

(2) When is it anticipated that each of these extensions will be available for occupation.

(3) Is there a (a) waiting list for these 52 places and (b) when were they allocated by the Commonwealth Government.

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

The following information has been provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing which has responsibility for residential aged care.

The building extensions to accommodate the 52 non-operational places for residential aged care are being under taken at the Kankinya Nursing Home in Lyneham, and the Upper Jindalee Nursing Home in Narrabundah. Kankinya has been assigned 36 provisional allocations, and Upper Jindalee has been assigned 16 provisional allocations.

With regards to the availability of the places, provisional allocations remain in force for up to two years under the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) however, this period may be extended if a satisfactory application is made to the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

The places were allocated by the Commonwealth Government on 11 January 2001, and there is no waiting list for the 52 places.

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