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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 25 November 2014) . . Page.. 3975 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what are the benefits of group therapy when compared to other models of early intervention?

MS BURCH: I think I missed the start of the question. What are the benefits of these new providers coming to town? The benefits of these new providers—

Mr Wall: Madam Speaker, just to clarify—

MADAM SPEAKER: Just to clarify, and we can start the clock again.

Mr Wall: the question, minister, was: what are the benefits of group therapy when compared to other models of early intervention?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Wall for his question. The benefits of group therapy and individual therapy are well accepted for children on a number of levels. The new arrangements provide choice for families—to choose a mix of group therapy and early intervention therapies that are best suited to their children’s needs.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what involvement, if any, has there been between your department and potential service providers regarding the types of early intervention and the delivery model?

MS BURCH: The Education and Training Directorate and Disability ACT have worked very closely with families. I think I have spoken in the Assembly before of the KPMG report. They went out and talked and there were a number of family focus groups to build up the requirements. The NDIA went out to tender. That tender document was public; it is available for others to read. I am not quite sure whether it is still on the NDIA website. The service offerings were definitely built up following the comprehensive report and research done by KPMG.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, do the early intervention options available to Canberra families fulfil your guarantee that no child will be left behind?

MS BURCH: I am very confident that the range of services on offer now provides a depth of service provision for Canberra families.

Schools—early intervention program

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Disability and relates to the transition of early intervention services under the NDIS. Minister, could you inform the Assembly about the success of last week’s “meet the providers” open day?


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