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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 758..


Aged care facilities

(Question No 62)

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

In relation to your response to QON 4 concerning aged care and specifically in respect to dementia:

Why are the 10 additional respite beds at reply (2)(b)(ii) "yet to be constructed and will become available in the next 18 months to 2 years".

What is the current waiting list for such beds.

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 additional respite beds are provisional allocations and part of a major redevelopment at the Kankinya Nursing Home. These will not become operational until building works have been completed and will be of significant benefit to the ACT community.

There are no formal records kept of the waiting list for such beds.


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