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Mental health—Brian Hennessy House
(Question No 618)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 15 September 2017:

(1) Further to the answer to QON No E17-558, what were the findings and/or recommendations of the condition assessment (referred to in the answer to part 4).

(2) What specific upgrade works will be undertaken at Brian Hennessey House, and for each specific element what (a) is the anticipated timeline, (b) is the budgeted cost and (c) feedback has the Government received from residents, carers and families as to the specific elements of the upgrade works.

(3) Has a new model of care been completed for the supported accommodation to be provided at Brian Hennessey House after the opening of the University of Canberra public hospital; if so, where may the document be accessed; if not, (a) when will it be completed, (b) who will be consulted and (c) what will it cost.

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

1. The condition assessment report for Brian Hennessey Rehabilitation Centre (BHRC) included site inspections and a documented review of all facilities and external areas. Building fabric, structure and services were inspected against contemporary standards. The inspection of BHRC has identified that the structures are in good condition and have been maintained well. In addition to the ongoing regular maintenance, approximately $1.15 million of additional minor repair works is required over the next one to two years. The condition report has recommended further works to upgrade the facility in accessibility, environmental and electrical infrastructure over the next three to five years.

2. The Health Directorate is reviewing the recommendations of the report in line with other maintenance obligations. A program of works is being developed with $500,000 allocated in 2017-18 for priority activities including, but not limited to, the following items:

roof repairs in Block B,C&D

facility wide fire detection and alarm system upgrades

external walkway repair and replacement

fencing and window shade upgrades to exposed areas

bushfire mitigation measures

Specific project schedules will be finalised for each package of work before the end of the 2017 while general issues will be addressed through targeted ongoing maintenance at BHRC. Ongoing engagement with residents, carers and families is occurring at BHRC. Earlier this year ACT Health undertook targeted engagement with a key group of Stakeholders as part of the market testing and options analysis for the provision of long term supported accommodation. They included the Mental Health Consumer Network, Carers ACT, the Mental Health Community Coalition, a number of community organisations.

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