Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 392 ..
Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:
(1) On 20 December 2002, Mr Jon Stanhope MLA announced that several respite care projects in the ACT were set to receive a share of $1 million from the 2002 - 03 Respite Care Budget initiative.
Funding was allocated to innovative respite models for emergency respite care for carers of people with disabilities, frail older people, families at risk, people with mental health issues and young children with medical conditions. Other pilot programs included support for carers of people with a mental illness. Ongoing funding will be introduced in the next financial year to purchase services identified in the respite needs study.
(2) The following table sets out respite care project funding from the
2002 - 03 initiative.
Respite Care Funding
Innovative respite care pilots - ACT Health will work with the Departments of Disability, Housing and Community Services, and Education, Youth and Family Services and respite service providers to pilot innovative models of respite care including emergency respite and respite care for carers of people with challenging behaviours using brokerage models across the areas of mental health, aged care, younger children with high medical needs, and disability. The pilot will run over 12 months and a brokerage model will be developed with agencies such as Carers ACT, Community Options and Community Connections and include other respite service providers. The pilot will be monitored to identify usage by clients and areas of need for respite care. A family support model of respite care is being developed with these agencies.
Additional family support respite care packages - Existing respite care programs for families at risk and kinship carers at Marymead and Barnardos will be supplemented. This funding has been moved to the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services and additional places are being purchased.
Innovative Dementia Respite Service - ACT Health is working with the Commonwealth and Alzheimer's Association to develop a pilot of innovative respite care for people with dementia, including younger people.
Reduction of fragmentation of respite care service provision - ACT Health is coordinating a project to reduce fragmentation of respite care service provision by working with the Departments of Disability, Housing and Community Services, and Education, Youth and Family Services and other service providers. This project will include exploration of referral and service gateways. The project will also monitor innovative respite pilots to measure service needs to guide ongoing resource allocation. The project will include development and provision of information to carers and providers.