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(b) There are 46 properties that are undergoing major upgrade or redevelopment works, including fire safety works. The relevant suburbs are marked with an *. All other properties are with the Total Facility Manager under going routine maintenance and preparation for re-tenanting.

(2) The condition data collected so far identifies that there are 2,745 instances of accessibility design features or modifications in Housing ACT properties (1,136 properties in the North Canberra property region and 1,609 properties in the South Canberra property region). These modifications and design features include wheelchair access, grab rails and ramps. Properties may contain more than one design feature or modification.

Disabled persons—brain injuries
(Question No 770)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 16 November 2005:

(1) How many children under the age of 18 years have a brain injury, of any form, in the ACT;

(2) What government services are available for young people with a brain injury;

(3) How much funding is allocated for the provision of such services;

(4) Has Disability ACT advised parents that there will be a four year delay for treatment for children with brain injury; if so, what strategies are in place to deal with any delay of treatment for children with a brain injury and how many children will be affected as a result of treatment delays.

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

(1) I am unable to give you any figures for the number of children and young people with a brain injury under the age of 18 years in the ACT. There is no specific research, database or register with this information.

(2) Children and young people with brain injuries are able to access Therapy ACT services in the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. If the brain injury is the result of a motor vehicle accident and the young person is aged in their mid to late teens then services would be provided through The Canberra Hospital rehabilitation program. Children with a disability are also able to access respite and some support services through Disability ACT, and from community based organisations funded under the Home and Community Care program.

(3) Funding is not specifically allocated to services for children with brain injuries.

(4) No. Disability ACT does not provide treatment services for children with a disability. I am not aware of any services in this portfolio that have a four year delay for treatment for children with a brain injury.

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