Page 4344 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2005

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

(1) Ronald McDonald Parent Accommodation at The Canberra Hospital (TCH) was officially opened by the Governor General’s wife, Her Excellency Mrs Marlena Jeffery on 3 June 2005. This date was chosen in conjunction with Mrs Jeffery’s timetable and was dependent on her availability.

Ronald McDonald Parent Accommodation was open to parents on 25 August 2005 following commissioning of the refurbished Paediatric Ward and the development of operational protocols and standards to ensure the proper use of the facility as agreed with Ronald McDonald Charities.

(2) The Ronald McDonald Family room became available for use on 25 August 2005 when operational and management issues in relation to access were solved. Parents started utilising this facility from 26 August 2005.

(3) The total amount of funding promised by Ronald McDonald Charities for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at TCH is $280,000.

(4) Other services provided at TCH for parents who need to stay with their children while being treated in the Paediatric Ward include:

− sofa beds; they are available for parents to stay with their children in their room on the Paediatric Ward; and

− accommodation in the Hospital Residences is available to parents.

(5) Current services provided to families who wish to stay with their children while being treated in the Paediatric Ward are of a very high standard. Continuous service improvement is essential in every health facility and the Paediatric Unit will continue to review, evaluate and improve the services provided.

(Question No 604)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, upon notice, on 20 September 2005:

(1) How many additional staff have been recruited within family services as part of the recruitment drive to ensure our child protection system works more effectively;

(2) How many staff working in this area have been recruited from overseas;

(3) Is recruitment ongoing or is there now a sufficient level of staff to cater for the workload and continuing increase in child abuse reports in child protection;

(4) How many child abuse cases in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 to date have been referred to the Community Advocate;

(5) Has the Community Advocate raised any further concerns about non-compliance with the Children and Young People Act 1999; if so, what are the concerns and through what means were they raised;

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