Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2291 ..
existing regulation and refocusing public service agencies on better meeting the needs of business.
I am pleased to be able to announce that the government has supported the adoption of most of these recommendations. The details of how the government agencies will implement these reforms are included in the government's response to the report.
Accordingly, I am pleased to present the government's response to the report and its recommendations, and I commend it to the Assembly.
Respite care project
Paper and statement by minister
MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Minister for Planning) (3.12): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:
Sustaining Caring Relationships-Met and Unmet Needs in Respite Care Project-Final Report, prepared by Enduring Solutions, dated June 2003.
I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I am pleased to table today the final report of the met and unmet needs in respite care project. As members will be aware, the government made a commitment to "establish, through an empirical study, the extent of met and unmet need of various client groups and individuals now and into the future". The government recognises that many carers are unable to access regular, adequate and appropriate respite services for their loved ones. Waiting lists for respite placements, difficulties in accessing emergency respite care in crisis situations, lack of flexibility for respite options and limited availability of respite hours are issues constantly raised by people in the Canberra community.
Through a 2002-03 budget initiative for respite care the government identified $1 million to provide more respite care services for clients, families and carers covering aged care, disability and mental health. Funding for the empirical study was drawn from this initiative. In October 2002, Enduring Solutions were engaged to:
map the existing respite services;
using the AIHW 1996 model of needs analysis, undertake an empirical study of the current and future respite care met and unmet needs;
undertake community consultations regarding access, equity and future directions for respite care delivery;
undertake research into local, national and international best practice models for respite service delivery; and