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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . .

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Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR CORBELL: But we are also focused on those subacute care settings for mental health services. The UCPH will deliver a range of subacute mental health care settings and supported accommodation options—important infrastructure to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable in our community, those who are suffering from and dealing with the circumstances of severe mental illness.

Some of our facilities need to be upgraded. Places like Brian Hennessy House need to be upgraded. We need to provide good alternatives to those into the future. That is what this new facility is going to do. This Labor government has had the commitment and the foresight to drive a significant investment program to improve health infrastructure, to improve models of care, to provide new care settings to meet the needs of an ageing population and a growing population.

Only this Labor government is taking that long-term view when it comes to infrastructure investment. We are doing the same things in transport. We are doing the same things in urban development. And here in health we are focused on where we can make the investment to meet the needs of a growing and ageing population in a way that sets up our health system to respond for the long term. That is what governments are expected to do.

Disability services—funding

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Disability. Minister, a communique written by the Executive Director of Disability ACT on 25 November 2014 stated:

The performance of the NDIS transition will be monitored for the first six months. It is not anticipated that many providers in receipt of ACT Government funding will have any significant cash flow risks arising from the speed of the transition in this period. Providers that are found to be adversely affected will be reimbursed in the third quarter of the 2014/15 financial year.

Minister, is this commitment being honoured?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Wall for his question. As we move to the NDIS, certainly the directorate maintains its commitment to work with service providers in the transition, which includes cash flow, as their clients move into the NDIS. I have spoken to a number of providers. The system works. There could always be improvements but the commitment remains. The other partner in this is the NDIA, to make sure that the transition plans and the forecast of the number of clients going through are matched. If there is a mismatch, we have to come back and almost recalibrate that cash transaction to the non-government organisations. But it is a commitment that we will honour and maintain.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.


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