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The Brain Gym (adult education courses run by Canberra College) who provide Auslan Level one, two and three courses. The Brain Gym has recently engaged a third Auslan teacher due to increased demand for their Auslan courses.

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) who provide Auslan Level one, two, three and four courses when there is sufficient demand. CIT also provide two Diploma Level courses. Diploma Auslan is designed to enhance your understanding of Auslan for work and personal situations. The Diploma of Interpreting (Auslan) trains students to become accredited interpreters.

(2) Promotion to Parents

The courses at CIT and Brain Gym are advertised through local media and on their websites. Referrals are also made through education and health professionals and via peak associations.

The ACT Government funds the Deafness Resources Centre and the Canberra Deaf Children’s Association. These organisations provide information and peer supports to families with children who are deaf or hearing impaired, including information about Auslan courses.

Therapy ACT also works with children with a hearing or speech impairment. In most cases, a speech pathologist works in partnership with the family and teachers of the hearing impaired to provide an individualised program to support the child.

Mental health services
(Question No 418)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 June 2005:

(1) Further to the Government response to the Patterson Report, The Investigation into the Risk of Harm to Clients of Mental Health Services (2002), what further progress has the Government made in relation to the recommendations in the report;

(2) What has the Government done to address (a) unmet need of clients, (b) education programs and (c) service improvement to clients.

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

(1) The recommendations of the Patterson Report have been implemented. The final implementation report for the Patterson Report is available on the ACT Health website at:

(2) This Government is committed to incrementally addressing mental health unmet need in the ACT. We have increased services in child and adolescent, adult and older persons mental health.

In addition we have improved services in the community sector and specialist mental health areas including: forensic mental health, mental health supported accommodation, mental illness education, mental health carers support and training and suicide prevention and education. ACT Health is currently undertaking a master planning process that will identify mental health service infrastructure needs for the ACT population over the next 15 years.

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