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(One of the former ROCKS tenants – the Conservation Council – is separately housed in temporary accommodation in Childers Street, City.)

Discussions are continuing between the former ROCKS tenants, the University and the Territory about more permanent accommodation. While most groups want to remain in the Precinct area if at all possible, the Aids Action Council has sought accommodation outside the Precinct. (The Council was not a ROCKS member, and currently is occupying part of Section 20 City.)

6. As stated above, the Aids Action Council does not want to remain in the Precinct. The Council has outlined what it sees as the essential elements of more permanent accommodation, and discussions are ongoing by the Council, the Territory and the ANU to identify a suitable site. The Council is able to remain where it is until the ANU firms up its development proposals for Section 20 City.

7. Yes

8. All development proposals in the Precinct must meet the requirements and follow the procedures as set out under the Precinct Deed. It is up to the ANU to bring forward development proposals. The Precinct Deed runs for ten years, commencing in 2004.

Health—fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
(Question No 1796)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 4 December 2007:

(1) When will the ACT Government establish appropriate diagnostic and support services for people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their families;

(2) Why are there no government services in the ACT when, if data from the United States of America and Canada is extrapolated, there could be more than 200 000 people in Australia with FASD.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:


ACT policies and practices in this area are informed by the National Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Drug Use During Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Development Years of the Newborn (2006). The Guidelines, endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (MCDS) in November 2005, provide a set of nationally agreed, evidence-based guidelines for the clinical management of problematic alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy, birth and the early years of the child.

The Guidelines, for example, informed the recent development of the Alcohol and Other Drug Use by Parents: A guide for staff of the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support which provides practical information for workers about the support needs and management of ACT families affected by, or at risk of, problematic alcohol and/or other drug use. It also provides workers with a description of the alcohol and other drug treatment and support services available in the ACT to work with these families such as ACT Health’s Alcohol and Drug Program and the Division of General Practice’s The Opiate Program (TOP) operating from Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service.

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