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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3635..


It is anticipated that the allocation of 10 new transition care places for 2005 will be operationalised from 1 October 2005. These will be community-based packages.

(2) The 10 new transition care places for 2005 will be community-based packages in the first instance. A tender has recently been issued seeking a residential component of the program, and the location of those beds will not be known until completion of the tender process.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander regional health plan

(Question No 474)

DR FOSKEY asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 18 August 2005:

(1) Given that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Regional Health Plan 2000-2004 has now expired, is the Government reviewing the effectiveness of the Plan; if not, why not; if so, who is involved in the review and what is the process;

(2) Is the Government producing another Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Regional Health Plan for the future; if not, why not; if so, who is involved in the review and what is the process.

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

(1) That the Government has recently developed a draft Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Family Wellbeing Plan for 2005 to 2010. The Plan has been released for comment as a Consultation Draft, to all government departments and to key Aboriginal organisations.

(2) The Plan was developed collaboratively by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Forum. The Health Forum comprises representatives of ACT Health, Winnunga Nimmityjah, and the Australian Government Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. As part of the process of developing the Plan, the Health Forum reviewed the effectiveness of the previous Plan and identified areas to be addressed by the new Plan.

The new Plan will be updated to incorporate feedback received, and will be released following final approval from the Health Forum.

Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

(Question No 475)

Mrs Burke asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 18 August 2005:

(1) What plans, if any, are there to scale back the operations of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs within the Chief Minister's Department;

(2) If there are plans to scale back the operations, how many staff will be transferred or offered redundancies as a result of reduction in staff members of the Unit.

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


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