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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 779..


Aged care nursing facilities

(Question No 83)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 20 February 2002:

In relation to people accommodated in ACT aged care nursing facilities:

How many people (a) under 40 years of age and (b) between 40 - and 50 years of age, are accommodated in ACT aged care nursing facilities.

Is the Department of Health currently working on a program that will relocate these people to facilities more compatible with their age.

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

As at 1 October 2001, in aged care residential facilities in the ACT, there were 6 people aged between 40 and 49 years, and 7 people aged between 50 and 54 years. There were no people residing in aged care facilities under the age of 40 years. This is the most recent data that the Commonwealth has available.

The location of younger people with disabilities in aged care residential facilities is of concern for the Government. In cooperation with the Commonwealth, the ACT Department of Health and Community Care is currently exploring this issue to identify more suitable accommodation for younger people.


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