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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1293..


(1) Housing ACT does not provide specific outreach programs to assist tenants with a mental illness.

(2) In the event a Housing ACT tenant appearing to have difficulty, either with their tenancy or in a more general sense, Housing ACT will try to speak to the tenant to ascertain what the issues may be and offer appropriate referrals.

Where the Housing Manager has difficulty in engaging with the tenant, a Housing Manager Specialist may seek to contact the tenant to work through any issues or concerns and assist with appropriate referrals.

Where Housing ACT has concerns for the health and safety of an individual or the broader community and it appears the individual suffers from a mental illness, Housing ACT will contact the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, within Mental Health ACT.

Health-staff memos

(Question No 276)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 10 March 2005:

(1) How many memos have been issued by ACT Health to its staff (a) to date this financial year and (b) in 2003-04;

(2) On how many occasions (a) was the Minister informed of these memos and (b) did the Minister sign off on or authorise these memos;

(3) What was the reason for each of the memos issued (a) to date this financial year and (b) in 2003-04.

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

(1) Given the vast quantity of correspondence encompassing all areas of ACT Health, it is not possible to maintain a central record of all the internal correspondence issued to its staff;

(2) It is not common practice for the Minister to be informed of the nature and content of internal correspondence before it is released, (b) no the Minister did not sign off on or authorise these memos;

(3) Internal correspondence is not subject to a central tracking system, therefore, it is not possible to determine a response to this question.

Housing-direct debit payments

(Question No 289)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 10 March 2005:


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