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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 7 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2310..


(4) What services in the ACT provide a staff student ratio for children with ASD like that provided by Sunfield residential school which provides 33/4 staff one child in care 24 hours a day, seven days a week;

(5) Further to Sunfield's use of the Treatment and Education of Autistic Children and related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) discipline, (a) which ACT government services for children with ASD adhere to the TEACCH discipline, (b) how much TEACCH treatment is provided for children with autism in the ACT and (c) how many Therapy ACT staff have specific training in TEACCH and what form does that training take;

(6) Further to Sunfield's conduct of research, (a) which ACT Government services have published in peer reviewed research outcomes and (b) what are those publications;

(7) Further to Sunfield residential school's 300 staff providing exclusively specialised services for students with ASD, which ACT Government services have staff who provide exclusively specialised services for students with ASD;

(8) Further to Professor Hilton Davis's Parent-Advisor Model and that the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services (DHCS) will be implementing this approach and several recognised experts in ASD treatment have published research reviews in the last decade, (a) which of those reviews recommended Davis's Parent-Advisor Model, (b) which reviews mentioned Davis's Parent-Advisor Model and (c) how many Therapy ACT staff have specific training in Davis's Parent-Advisor Model and what form does that training take;

(9) Does the article imply that "a lot of the work around autism in the ACT is evidence-based"and numerous reviews published by recognised experts, over the last decade or so, consistently say that autism-specific Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) or Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) has the strongest, the best or the only empirical evidence available; if so, (a) how much autism-specific ABA or IBI treatment does DHCS provide for children with autism and (b) what proportion of treatment for autism provided by the ACT Government is autism-specific ABA or IBI.

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

(1) Given the detailed technical nature of the Member's question, I would be happy to arrange a briefing on the article for the member if she wishes.

Social welfare—support services

(Question No 388)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 4 May 2005:

(1) Further to the reply to question on notice No 287, when will the client satisfaction survey be finalised that will provide a comparative measure against the last survey conducted in 2002;

(2) From where will copies of the report be able to be obtained.


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