Page 437 - Week 01 - Thursday, 17 February 2011

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and the Department also reports the use of the Safe Room to me as the Minister of Children and Young People.

ACTION bus service—wheelchair accessible buses

Mr STANHOPE (in reply to a question by Ms Bresnan on Tuesday, 7 December 2010): The majority of ACTION bus route services have accessible buses assigned for travel in both directions but the scheduled return travel may not always be convenient to the commuters' needs. As ACTION’S accessible fleet increases so too will its capacity to schedule additional return accessible trips.

ACTION liaises with individuals seeking accessible bus services relevant to their travel needs and wherever possible, will implement network adjustments to assist these requests. At present, ACTION has scheduling changes in place to meet the travel requirements for several passengers requiring accessible transport.

ACTION also participates in the Accessible Transport Group forum. The role of this group is to advise ACTION regarding accessibility to ACTION bus services for all commuters.

Wheelchair accessible buses are initially scheduled on the high volume routes, including the Blue Rapid Intertown and the Red Rapid service. Accessible buses are then shared between the remaining routes, with extra consideration given to routes servicing hospitals.

Commuters requiring a wheelchair accessible bus are encouraged to contact ACTION and provide details of their intended travel so that, wherever possible, accessible buses may be assigned to their intended services. For casual bus travel, commuters may continue using ACTION web page timetable information to identify dedicated accessible bus routes. The availability of accessible buses, both for dedicated accessible bus routes and for individual requests, is subject to operational requirements.

Mr STANHOPE (in reply to a question by Ms Le Couteur on Tuesday, 7 December 2010): ACTION does not keep data on the number of patrons who are in wheelchairs as their ticketing arrangements are no different to other users.

ACTION is committed to providing accessible buses on Rapid routes (Blue 300 series and Red 200 series buses) where operationally possible. ACTION may be able to accommodate wheelchair accessible bus services on particular routes where there is a regular requirement. Requests for accessible buses should be forwarded directly to ACTION.

Health—respecting patient choices program

Ms GALLAGHER (in reply to a question by Ms Bresnan on Thursday, 28 October 2010): I am advised that the answer to the Member’s question is:

The respecting patient choice program employs one Coordinator. The Coordinator is responsible for the strategic direction for the program. The Coordinator supports the

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