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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5327..


Development Worker to support Ainslie Village residents. These funds were allocated in Budget processes of 2002/03 and 2003/04 to facilitate alternative housing options for Ainslie Village residents.

(3) No current residents of Ainslie Village were displaced by the opening of the crisis service. Prior to the renovation work that commenced late last year, residents of M Block moved into other accommodation in Ainslie Village or in Housing ACT properties in the neighbouring community.

(4) The crisis service at Ainslie Village will provide short-term supported accommodation to men who are homeless and in crisis. Centacare has been provided with a contract for this service but will operate the service independently of the Ainslie Village service.

This means that the crisis service will have its own intake procedures; it is funded separately and will be required to report on its activities and funds separate to those for other services. There is no assumed link between one service and the other, though residents of the crisis service may be referred to the Ainslie Village, as they may be referred to any range of support or accommodation options.

Centacare will manage this service just as they manage the Lodge which is funded by ACT Health, and located at the Ainslie Village site.

Botox treatments

(Question No 1114)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to botox clinics and further to your reply to Question on notice No 954:

(1) How many Canberra patients access botox treatment for health reasons, like muscle disorders;

(2) How many people, on average per year, were accessing botox treatment for health reasons when the Botox Clinic was in operation at the Canberra Hospital;

(3) In a question time brief created on 30 July 2001 which stated 'At the present time, the scope and need for Botox Services across the ACT is unquantified. Further attempts will be undertaken to assess the scope and need to provide this service, requiring combined community and planned service for Cerebral Palsy across the ACT.' Have these further attempts been undertaken to assess the scope and need to provide botox services in the ACT, if so, what were the results, if not why not.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) In 2002-03 there were 47 patients recorded by TCH as receiving neurological specialist treatment, including botox injections under the Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (IPTAS). There are no separate records kept for botox treatments. Since the cessation of the botox clinic at TCH in December 2000, all Canberra public patients access this service interstate, mostly from Sydney.

(2) The botox clinic at TCH operated intermittent services from July 1998 to December 2000.


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