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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4052 ..


they wished to move from their current homes. The development of this site allows housing tenants to ‘down-size’ into smaller units that better meet their needs while remaining within the area. Further to that, the site is well served by public transport and is close to shops and other community facilities.

5. This project promotes better community outcomes through integrated mixed-tenure developments.

Public housing and affordable housing are both critically important for the ACT community’s overall economic and social wellbeing and assists those Canberrans on low incomes to reach their potential, make a contribution and share in the benefits of our community.

These homes were built to adaptable building standards. Adaptable housing allows people from a broader range of ages and abilities to live within the home and can be easily adapted to meet most changing household needs without requiring costly or substantial modifications.

Under the ACT Housing Strategy, the ACT Government is committed to growing and renewing public housing, providing more homes for people in need of secure and affordable housing.


Mental health—readmissions(Question No 2666)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 23 August 2019:

(1) What is the estimated outcome for acute psychiatric unit patient 28-day readmission rate for 2019-20; if not known, when will this figure become available.

(2) When will the response to the Auditor-General’s report on Mental Health Services – Transition from Acute Care, be delivered.

(3) Why is unplanned readmission not able to be distinguished from planned readmissions given that this is a budget indicator.

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

(1) The estimated outcome for acute psychiatric unit patient 28-day readmission rate for 2019-20 is unknown as at 4 September 2019. The estimated outcome will be published in the 2020-21 Budget Statements.

(2) The Government response to the Auditor-General’s report on Mental Health Services – Transition from Acute Care was presented in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 24 October 2017.

(3) Unplanned readmissions cannot be determined without a clinical review. The ACT Auditor General’s 2017 report Mental Health Services - Transition from Acute Care recommended that clinical review/audits for readmissions within 28 days not be conducted by the inpatient facility staff receiving the consumer, due to a potential perception of a conflict of interest.


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