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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 1216..


Included in this total of 1574 operational places are 41 for respite care. Respite places are allocated in the form of bed days - one "place"means 365 days. The service can use these days as they see fit. These respite days (places) are allocated in 20 of the 23 aged care facilities in the ACT region.

(4) (a)

As at the end of February 2004 there were 7 people in Calvary Hospital who had been assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) and were awaiting nursing home placement;


As at the end of February 2004 there were 20 people in The Canberra Hospital awaiting nursing home placement;


It is not possible to give accurate figures for people in private hospitals or the community awaiting nursing home placement as there is no centralised waiting list. Private hospitals and residential aged care facilities are private enterprises, keep their own waiting lists and do not report this information to ACT Health;


As at 10 March 2004 there are 2 people in the hospice who have been assessed by ACAT as requiring packages in order to return home with support;


This figure is not known. (See 4(c) above).

(5) There is 1 client from NSW who is awaiting nursing home placement at The Canberra Hospital, and there are no NSW clients awaiting nursing home placement at Calvary Hospital or the hospice.

(6) No. ACT Health does not have access to privately run aged care facilities' waiting lists.

(7) The Australian Government does not allocate places that are specific "dementia care places". There are dementia specific beds/wings/homes operated by the majority of approved providers in the ACT. The places allocated to these services are only described as high or low care places.

(8) There is no dementia specific waiting list.

Alzheimer's Association of the ACT

(Question No 1299)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1) Further to your response to Question on notice No 1061 regarding funding for the Alzheimer's Association of the A.C.T., why have the Alzheimer's Association's previous claims for recurrent funding of up to $350 000 per annum, to enable it to continue to run its charitable operations, been rejected by the Government;

(2) Why is the A.C.T. the only State or Territory Government that does not provide funds for its Alzheimer's Association.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) Alzheimer's Australia ACT has submitted one request for funding to ACT Health. This request received in December 2003 is being considered in the context of the 2004-05 ACT budget.

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