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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
Page: 17614


Ms George asked the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 26 May 2003:

(1) What is the current waiting list for (a) low care, and (b) high care beds in aged care facilities in the electoral division of Throsby.

(2) How do these waiting list figures compare with those of (a) 1996, (b) 1998, (c) 2000, and (d) 2002.

(3) How many (a) low care beds, (b) high care beds, and (c) aged care packages have been allocated to the electoral division of Throsby.

(4) How many (a) low care, and (b) high care beds are currently operational within the electoral division of Throsby.


Mr Andrews (Minister for Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) The Department of Health and Ageing does not maintain waiting lists of persons seeking entry to residential aged care or collect data on waiting lists from any source.

(3) The electorate of Throsby is located in the Illawarra Aged Care Planning Region.

At 31 December 2002, there were:

(a) 1,723 low care places;

(b) 1,457 high care places; and

(c) 20 EACH packages and 637 Community Aged Care Packages allocated in the Illawarra Aged Care Planning Region.

(4) Under the Aged Care Act 1997, providers have a period of two years in which to bring provisionally allocated places online.