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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2778 ..

3. What are the functions of Rainbow?

A. To provide a space to people affected by mental illness where they can be

involved in social/recreational and vocational activities.

B. To improve social skills and community participation.

C. To provide a facility based on principles of friendliness, openness and self management.

D. To provide access and referral to other relevant organisations.

4. How many staff are employed by Rainbow (i) full time and (ii) part time?

One full-time manager and three part-time support workers.

5. Provide a copy of the duty statement for each staff member

See attachment A.

6. Provide a Resume of each staff member

Because of privacy considerations, these are unable to be provided. All staff were selected for the skills and experience that they bring to the work of the Rainbow.

7. On which service model is Rainbow based?

Rainbow is broadly based on a psychosocial rehabilitation model, and provides a supportive social setting to assist with social and living skills acquisition. This is similar to the "Clubhouse" model adopted in other jurisdictions and oversees. However unlike some of these, the Rainbow's "membership" remains open and is inclusive of new participants. Rainbow has avoided adopting a formal service model in order to remain flexible and responsive to the needs of members.

8. What protocols are in place for assessing Rainbow staff and their training


The Mental Health Foundation carries out appraisals for each staff member every six months. Staff also have access to ongoing professional supervision. Training needs are assessed by The Mental Health Foundation.

9. How many consumers have attended Rainbow since its inception?

Rainbow currently has 230 members. As of 20 August 2002, The Rainbow has provided 3713 occasions of service to members and other mental health consumers.

10. Give a breakdown of how many (i) male and (ii) female consumers have accessed Rainbow since its inception

Membership is open to all people with a mental illness, and both women and men have become members. We constantly gain new members therefore male/female ratios vary at any one time. An analysis of the profile of consumers using the facility is being undertaken as a part of a formal evaluation process, but this data is not available at this time.

11. How many consumers attend on a regular basis?

The Rainbow averages 35 participants per day.

12. Provide details of the education and training resources that are provided to its consumers

The Rainbow currently runs courses in art, computers and cooking. The Rainbow also refers members to agencies that are specifically designed to cater for mental health consumers requiring education and training.

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