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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 18 August 2005 2005) . . Page.. 2955 ..

Limited private practitioners with specialist skills in the areas of child development and development disability.

The government has no control over private practitioners and their area of speciality.

Therapy ACT—clients(Question No 403)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 22 June 2005:

In relation to the reduction of targets for therapy hours in the 2005-06 Budget, Budget Paper 4, page 277, how were Therapy ACT clients consulted about the therapy services reduction in 2005-06;

Were there specific service disciplines that clients wanted cut and/or reduced; if so, what were the specific disciplines and how much did they ask that each therapy be cut and/or reduced by;

How does Therapy ACT apply person-centred practice in deciding to cut therapy services and what therapy disciplines will be cut;

Does Therapy ACT record the amount of each therapy type that each client requests; if so, how often are consumer requests for therapy recorded;

Does Therapy ACT record the amount of each therapy type that each client is assessed as needing;

How does Therapy ACT implement person-centred allocation of therapy resources;

Where can members of the community access a detailed description of the process Therapy ACT uses to achieve person-centred allocation of therapy resources;

What is Therapy ACT's target for vacancy rates in each therapy discipline.

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

Refer Question 1 QON 399.

See above answer.

(3), (4), (5)& (6)

Therapy services are negotiated with the family/client and therapist. Therapy services, the amount and type, are dependent on the circumstances of the family, the needs of the client, other support services accessed by the client and family and staffing at the time.

Therapy ACT provides a pamphlet about the service to any person referred to the service. At assessment, needs and actions are discussed with the client/family. Therapy ACT has information on Family/ Person Centred practice and this is available on request from Therapy ACT Intake services. Information is available on the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services web site.

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