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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3253..

Aged care facility

(Question No 1481)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 4 May 2004:

(1) In relation to the $5.15 million set aside in the 2003-2004 A.C.T. Budget, budget paper 4, page 142, for the provision of a sub/non-acute care facility containing 60 beds for aged persons, has construction of this facility commenced; if so, when did it commence; if not, why not, and when will it commence;

(2) Where is, or where will, this facility be located;

(3) How much of the $5.15 million budgeted for this project has been expended to date;

(4) Will construction of this facility be completed by the forecast date of December 2004; if not, why not, and when will it be completed;

(5) By what date will the facility be open for use;

(6) Will this facility still provide 60 beds for aged persons; if not, what is the exact number of beds that will be provided;

(7) Of the beds to be provided, how many will be for (a) rehabilitation, (b) transitional care, (c) psycho-geriatric dementia type patients and (d) other.

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

(1) No. Detailed planning and consultations are currently underway to ensure that the facility will meet the needs of the community. It is anticipated that construction will commence in late 2004 or early 2005.

(2) On the Calvary Hospital Campus.

(3) None. Funds expended to date have been expended from the $0.3m feasibility funding provided in the 2002-03 Budget.

(4) Construction is expected to be completed in late 2005.

(5) The facility is expected to be operational in early 2006.

(6) The facility will provide 60 beds for time limited rehabilitation, transitional care and acute psychogeriatric care for any Canberran for whom treatment and care within the facility is considered clinically appropriate, regardless of the age of the person.

(7) 40 beds will be allocated for rehabilitation and transitional care services with the mix dependent on demand at any time. 20 beds will be allocated for acute psychogeriatric care.

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

(Question No 1506)

Mr Cornwell asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 4 May 2004:

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