Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 21 August 2008) . . Page.. 3561 ..
• What are the criteria that a woman must meet to have her child with her in the Alexander Maconochie Centre;
• Will a safe place be set aside for mothers and children, separate from the other women’s facilities;
• What criteria will women need to meet in order to be able to request to see a female general practitioner;
• Will the clothing issued to women be the same as what is currently offered in the remand centres; if not, how will it differ;
• Will women be able to wear their own underwear; if not, why not.
Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
• The ACTCS Women’s Policy will be in place prior to the opening of the AMC.
• The development of the ACTCS Women’s Policy has involved a program of consultation with community stakeholders. No further public consultation is envisaged.
• The ACTCS Caregiver Policy is currently being finalised. A protocol between JACS and DHCS will be put in place, under the auspices of the Shared Partnership Agreement, to facilitate the Caregiver Policy. Eligibility criteria for participation in the Caregiver Program will be incorporated within the Caregiver Policy.
• Women participating in the Caregiver Program will reside in one of the women’s cottages, within the mainstream women’s area of the AMC. Security assessments will be made regarding the placement of other female prisoners within cottages accommodating mothers and children.
• All health services delivered to remandees and prisoners will be provided by ACT Health. ACT Health has scheduled weekly clinics for women with a female General Practitioner.
• Female remandees and prisoners will be issued with new uniforms at the AMC. The current tracksuits will be replaced by maroon polo shirts and grey twill pants.
• Each woman will be issued with around four sets of underwear. Additional underwear will be available for purchase through the AMC ‘buy-up’ system if required.
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(Question No 2150)
Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 August 2008 (redirected to the Minister for Disability and Community Services):
• In relation to the impact of the Hume data centre development on the health/respite facility in that area, if the health/respite facility is moved due to the data centre development, where does the ACT Government intend to move it to;