Page 443 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 15 February 2005

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In relation to an older person’s health action plan, there are currently a number of plans developed by the ACT Government that address the needs of older Canberrans.

The Health Action Plan recognises that increasing numbers of older people will seek access to health care and related services, as well as activities and services aimed at maintaining physical and mental health and well being, and supports the positive and healthy ageing of the ACT community.

The Canberra Social Plan sets the improvement of the health and well-being of the ACT community as a priority area. A primary goal is to meet the health needs of the ageing population, including establishing innovative aged health care and accommodation initiatives that recognise changing demographic profiles.

ACT Health is also currently preparing a Clinical Services Plan and a Primary Care Strategy, both of which will address the needs of older people using the ACT’s services, as well as strategies to maintain the health of older people.

Together, these documents will provide a comprehensive response to the health needs of all ACT residents, including older people.

I commend the Government response to the Standing Committee on Health Report on the Allied Health Care Needs of People in Residential Aged Care to Members of the Assembly.

Attachment 4

Document incorporated by the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Mr Speaker, Draft Variation number 243 proposes to change the Territory Plan Map to:

Respond to the requirement for additional land for the expansion of the aged care facility by replacing the Urban Open Space Land Use Policy applying to Block 1 Section 53 Monash, Block 2 Section 50 and part Block 3 Section 50 Monash with Community Facility Land Use Policy.

It is also proposed to replace Entertainment Accommodation and Leisure Land Use Policy on part Block 3 Section 50 Monash with Community Facility Land Use Policy.

The Variation will facilitate the development of an extension to the current aged care facility on Block 2 Section 47 Monash. The extension is expected to provide for a 100 bed hostel/nursing home and 150 aged persons units with ancillary uses.

The proposal is in line with the ACT Government’s commitment for the strategy called ‘Building for our Ageing Population’. Census Data 2001 revealed that 14.6% of all persons aged 65 years and older in Canberra were resident in Tuggeranong. This is expected to increase to 22% by year 2010, and as such the demand for aged care facilities is likely to increase in the Tuggeranong area.

The planning study carried out for the site concluded that the proposed development would have a significant benefit on the Tuggeranong area. The study also concluded that the development of the aged care facility on part of the site would not adversely affect the operation of the open space network in Monash.

The Preliminary Assessment (PA) related to this proposal included a detailed traffic study, and the outcome of the traffic study did not require upgrading of the

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