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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2128 ..


(2) As a Human Rights compliant facility, no medication is utilised for the purposes of subduing detainees or controlling difficult behaviours. Treatment outcomes of psychotropic medications, including adverse side effects, are monitored via regular reviews by a multi-disciplinary team of nursing and allied health clinicians in addition to regular medical reviews. Psychotropic medications are at no time prescribed as a means of subduing young people or controlling difficult behaviours; however, they may be prescribed for contributing issues such as mood dysregulation or anxiety where diagnostic criteria are met.

i. Not applicable

ii. Not applicable


Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—drug and alcohol rehabilitation(Question No 278)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 14 May 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Health):

(1) Further to an article in the Canberra Times in March 2020 article which reported that a review was being undertaken into the development of a separate residential service supporting drug and alcohol rehabilitation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, (a) what organisation is conducting the review, (b) has this review been completed; if not, on what date does the government intend for the review to be complete.

(2) In relation to the review mentioned in part one, if there is no specific completion date, around what date does the Government intend to have the completed the review; if not, (i) at what stage is the review at, (ii) is this review publicly available and where can it be found and (iii) what is the title of the review.

(3) Given the ACT Health Directorate engaged Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services to develop a culturally appropriate model of care for the proposed facility and that this model of care would be finalised by July 2020, (a) has this model of care been finalised; if so, (i) when was it finalised, (ii) is the model of care publicly available and where can it be found.

(4) If this model of care has not been finalised, when will it be finalised.

(5) If the model of care has been completed, (a) has design begun on the proposed facility; if so, at what stage is the design, (b) on what date does the government intend to have finished the design,(c) if there is no specific date, around what date does the government intend to have completed the design.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government is committed to a culturally specific Alcohol and Drug residential rehabilitation facility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The review referred to by the Member was a reference to the work undertaken by Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services (Winnunga) on the Model of Care (Refer to response to Question 3).

(2) Refer to response to Question 1.


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