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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 541


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 17 December 2008:

As at 17 December 2008, how many Aged Care Assessment Team assessments for low care have been reassessed as high care since 20 March 2008.


Senator Ludwig (Minister for Human Services) —The Minister for Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Of the admissions into residential aged care since 20 March 2008, there were 3,277 residents with a current Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) approval for residential aged care that were reassessed and approved for a different type of care as at 17 December 2008 (for data received by the Department of Health and Ageing on 7 January 2009). Of these new approvals there were 1,996 admissions where the resident entered into residential aged care with approval for low care, but were subsequently reassessed and approved by the ACAT for high care.