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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2223..


collaboratively with inpatient and community clinicians, GP's consumers and carers to develop an agreed plan of care for clients following discharge.

(4) Continuity of care is improved by the discharge planner providing improved coordination of the transition from PSU to the community for clients by working collaboratively with inpatient and community clinicians, GP's consumers, carers and non-government organisations to develop an agreed plan of care for clients following discharge.

Gungahlin outreach services

(Question No 1439)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 31 March 2004:

(1) How much of the $400 000 allocated to Gungahlin Outreach in the 2003-04 Budget has been expended to date;

(2) How many additional clinical staff have been hired to deliver outreach services for mental health clients in Gungahlin;

(3) How many mental health clients are listed in the Gungahlin area;

(4) What is the case load of staff hired to provide Gungahlin Outreach;

(5) How many homes on average are visited by staff on a weekly basis.

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

Gungahlin Outreach please note the data relating to this question is between 1.8.03 - 1.4.04

1. Approximately $195,000 of the $400,000 has been expended to date.

2. Three (3) full time staff have been hired to the Belconnen team to service the area.

3. There are 45 consumers listed as active clients against the area in the last week.

4. The average Case Load for staff averages to 18 consumers per full time equivalent staff member.

5. 901 home visits have occurred which is an average of 26 per week.

No capital works have occurred at this stage on the advice of Facilities Management A.C.T Health. The services are being provided at Ngunnawal Shopping Centre in an A.C.T Health building.

Mental health-positions

(Question No 1440)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 31 March 2004:

(1) In relation to funding of $80 000 which was provided in the 2003-04 Budget for a drug and alcohol mental health worker and as this position was designed to reduce the impact


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