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Calvary Health Care provide an Anxiety Management Therapy Program through the Hyson Green Day Program that supports consumers experiencing social phobia, of which panic attacks may be an associated symptom.

1b. Support services available for consumers experiencing panic attacks in association with panic disorder or other anxiety related disorders, include:

Depression and Anxiety Support Group: Mental Health Foundation

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group: Mental Health Foundation

Road Trauma Support: Centre for Road Trauma Support

ANU Psychology Clinic: ANU School of Psychology

Referral and Support services: Mental Health Foundation, the ACT Consumer Mental Health Network, Carers ACT, Women’s Information and Referral Centre and many other community based agencies.

2. The ACT Health budget is directed to assisting consumers across the range of mental health disorders based on clinical assessment, regardless of diagnosis.

3. People with panic disorders or other mental health disorders have access to a range of services and should be encouraged to approach Mental Health ACT or one of the referral/support agencies listed above.

Motor vehicles—seniors registration concessions
(Question No 4)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) Why is the seniors concession for motor vehicle registration not being automatically deducted from the cost of registration renewal unless the person concerned specifically requests a new registration fee calculation, even though the motor vehicle registration renewal form states that the person is entitled to a seniors concession;

(2) Can a refund be provided to those seniors who were entitled to concessions on previous motor vehicle registration renewals but, not knowing they had to specifically ask for the concession rate, inadvertently paid a higher rate for registration; if not, why not.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Where a motorist has previously notified the Road Transport Authority of an entitlement to a seniors concession, the concessional registration fee is shown on the registration renewal reminder notice. The concessional registration fee is charged at the time of renewal. This has been the situation since 17 September 2004.

(2) Refunds will be granted to seniors who were entitled to a concession, but not provided a discount, at the time of renewing their registration. However, it is believed that very few motorists would have missed out on their seniors’ concession as rego.act prompts staff to ask if the applicant is still entitled to the concession at the time of renewal. In the unlikely event that mistakes do occur, senior concession holders should contact Canberra Connect on 132281 to arrange a refund

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