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(3) Comprehensive information is also provided to carers through the process of clinical management where a carer is identified. Education, training and support is provided through the Carers ACT Mental Health Representation Program. MHACT representatives also attend Carers Support Program Meetings run through Carers ACT. Family meetings are held in the Psychiatric Services Unit in preparation for discharge

The information checklist is conducted with the client and where appropriate the carer and relevant educational material is supplied. Contact details for other agencies with additional support functions i.e. Carers ACT is also included.

(4) MHACT has been using the Independent Assessment of Carer's Needs which was implemented at the beginning of 2009. The assessment was originally used in the UK. Since then the assessment has been reviewed and adapted to the local settings which included carer input. The document is now called the Independent Assessment of Family/Carer Needs. Training has been provided to staff regarding its use.

a) Triggers for undertaking an assessment include the presence and active involvement of a carer, carer willingness to undertake the assessment and evidence of issues of concern.

b) The assessment looks at the willingness to care, ability to care, resources to provide care and issues which may affect their capacity to provide care.

c) The plan is developed to address needs for the carer eg. Support for the carer, respite, support to the consumer.

(Question No 1295)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 9 December 2010:

(1) Is the Pregnancy to Parenting Series the main antenatal class provided to first time parents by ACT Health.

(2) Given that on the ACT Health website, at, it states that sessions 4 and 5 of the series include discussion on early breastfeeding, baby care and self care and support in the early postnatal period, what time period does ACT Health consider to be the early postnatal period.

(3) Can the Minister provide further information about what is covered under self care and support.

(4) Has ACT Health received any feedback that this, or similar courses, should provide more information and discussion about what difficulties first time parents are likely to encounter post birth and strategies for tackling those problems; if so, is ACT Health considering covering those issues through its antenatal classes.

(5) Are decisions about what content is covered in the antenatal classes based on any recent research or best practise guidelines; if yes, what is the research or best practise guidelines that are being used, for example, the Toward Parenthood Program that has

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