Page 5189 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 18 November 2009

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MR SMYTH: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, can you advise the Assembly whether, on the night of 28 August 2009, there was an opportunity to provide the family of the TB carrier with a private room but that this was not done, thereby exposing another mother and her child to the carrier in the shared room?

MS GALLAGHER: With respect to the night in question that relates to Dr Ellis’s concerns, I am not in a position to confirm who the TB carrier is, as that would breach, again, the Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act. On the night in question—and at that point in time the tuberculosis was not known to anybody—there were no single rooms available in the maternity unit. Dr Ellis was, as I understand it, transferred to a single room at 4 o’clock the following day, when one became available.


MS BRESNAN: My question is to the minister for housing and is about the accreditation of community housing providers. The previous minister for housing often referred in committee hearings to the $245,000 that the ACT government has appropriated towards assisting community housing providers when they went through the accreditation process. Minister, how much of that $245,000 will be allocated to the community housing providers to assist them in the accreditation process, and how will the rest of the money be spent?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Bresnan for her question. Again, I seem to be fumbling for papers. I will bring that back to you; I think that is the shortest answer. I did have something here but now I cannot find it and I have had that before. I will bring it back.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary question?

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Along with that information, minister, has the government informed all of the community housing providers about how much of the $245,000 they will each receive?

MS BURCH: It is my understanding that Housing is working with the community sector on the regulations and the accreditation framework. A number of organisations have been in direct contact with the department. We are working through them. There were indicative costs, we understand, about the regulatory framework and the expectation of the work the community sector is to implement. So there are discussions in place. Housing ACT is working directly with all community providers.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter; a supplementary question.

MS HUNTER: Minister, what work, analysis or quotes has the government received on how much it will cost community housing providers to undertake accreditation?

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