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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 2214..


(1) What is the capacity (number of patients) of the adult mental health inpatient unit at Calvary (2N).

(2) Were there any changes in the capacity of this ward from 2004-2012; if so, what was the original capacity and reason for change.

(3) Has the capacity ever been diminished due to staff shortages in 2008-09; if so, by how many beds on how many occasions;

(4) Is the ACT Government committed to maintaining the capacity of the facility during its current term.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The capacity of Ward 2N at Calvary is 20 beds.

(2) For a period covering approximately 2004 to 2008 Ward 2N operated at a capacity of 18 patients. This was the optimal capacity given the availability of nursing and medical resources.

(3) Very occasionally since January 2008 Ward 2N has capped its capacity at 18 or 19 beds for short periods.

(4) Yes the ACT Government is committed to maintaining the capacity of the facility.

Seniors—elder abuse programs

(Question No 138)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 25 March 2009:

(1) What ACT Government funding was provided for elder abuse programs in 2007-08 and to which non-government organisations.

(2) What ACT Government funding is provided for elder abuse programs in 2008-09, and to which non-government organisations.

(3) What ACT Government funding has the ACT Government already committed to providing for elder abuse programs in 2009-10, and to which non-government organisations.

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

(1) In 2007-2008, the ACT Government provided $57,000 (GST exclusive) to SupportLink Australia Limited.

(2) In 2008-2009, the ACT Government provided:

  • $58,710 (GST exclusive) to SupportLink Australia Limited; and
  • $90,000 (GST exclusive) to the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service Inc (ADACAS).


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