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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 371 ..

Enquiry with the ACT Fire Brigade indicates that the site is adequately secure against the perceived danger of fire. The distance between the closest corners of the library building and Kippax Fitness and Leisure Centre is about 15.0m and there is a service lane between the two buildings. The potential risk of fire in the former Kippax Fitness and Leisure Centre is not considered high and therefore there is only limited risk of it spreading to the library.

Respite care (Question No 359)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

Further to your letter of 11 June 2002:

(1) Has the empirical study into respite care been completed.

(2) If the study has been completed, may a copy of the study be made available to interested parties, including myself.

(3) If the study has not been completed, why not, given your letter quoted above said the study would take 4 to 6 months to complete.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The Review of Respite Care Empirical Needs Study is in the process of being undertaken. This study will cover both Territory and Commonwealth funded programs. The aim of the study is to identify met and unmet need and to better coordinate existing respite care models.

(2) The final report is expected to be publicly available in March 2003.

(3) My letter to you dated 11 June 2002 stated that the study would take 4 to 6 months to complete. This timeline started from the completion of the tender process for the appointment of a consultant to undertake the study. A respite care reference group was convened by ACT Health to ensure that all stakeholders were consulted in the development of the study terms of reference. A tender process followed and Enduring Solutions has been appointed to undertake the study. The reference group included both ACT and Commonwealth officers, community service providers, and carer groups. Enduring Solutions commenced work on the study in October 2002. The final report is due to be completed in February 2003.

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