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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7662


Senator Hutchins asked the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing, upon notice, on 23 October 2002:

(1) How many nursing homes are currently in operation in the Blue Mountains region in New South Wales.

(2) What is the present capacity of these homes.

(3) Are there any vacancies in these homes.

(4) Are there any plans for more homes to operate in this region.

(5) What locations might be suitable, and supported by the community, for any future nursing homes in the region.

(6) What number of nursing home bed licences are granted by the department in the region.


Senator Patterson (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The Minister for Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Blue Mountains region is part of the Nepean Aged Care Planning Region of New South Wales. At 30 June 2002 there were 28 operating aged care homes.

(2) At 30 June 2002 there were 1 813 operational residential aged care places in the Nepean Aged Care Planning Region.

(3) Total occupancy of all homes in the Nepean Aged Care Planning Region is 97.4 per cent.

(4) Each year, the Government makes new residential aged care places and Community Aged Care Packages available for allocation in each State and Territory. The number of new residential aged care places and Community Aged Care Packages is based primarily on State and Territory population projections and the current provision of aged care.

(5) The Aged Care Planning Advisory Committee (ACPAC) in each State and Territory provides advice to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing on the distribution of new places across planning regions. The ACPAC considers relevant information on comparative need across the various regions. In addition to data on supply and demand provided by the Department, information is provided by community groups and organisations on the identified needs of particular areas.

(6) At 30 June 2002 there were 2 002 allocated residential aged care places in the Nepean Aged Care Planning Region.