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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1907

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   What is the name and location of rehabilitation centres that have been established or are planned in each State for the treatment of handicapped children.

(2)   What is the purpose of each centre.

(3)   How many persons attend each centre.

(4)   What categories of handicapped persons are treated at the centre, and how many persons are involved in each category.

(5)   What is the size of the staff at each centre, and what disciplines are the professionally qualified staff members trained in.

(6)   What is the age distribution of persons undergoing rehabilitation at each centre.

(7)   What is the average period of rehabilitation given to persons treated at each centre.

Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   They are known as Work Preparation centres. One centre, now operating, is located in South Yarra, Victoria. A second centre, in Granville, New South

Wales, should commence operations by November 1973. No centres are planned for other States until the results achieved in these two experimental centres have been assessed.

(2)   To provide social and vocational assessment and training designed to prepare mildly mentally retarded school-leavers for suitable employment.

(3)   Melbourne: 21 persons at present, soon to be increased to around 40-50 persons. Sydney: the projected capacity is around 50 persons.

(4)   It is intended that the centres will cater almost exclusively for mildly mentally retarded school-leavers.

(5)   Melbourne: 21 staff (4 are employed on a sessional basis). Professional staff include apsychiatrist, clinical psychologist, social worker and 2 remedial teachers. Sydney: (proposed) 20 staff (4 to be employed on a sessional basis). The professional qualifications of the staff are similar to those of the Melbourne centre staff except that a child health specialist will be employed instead of a psychiatrist at the outset.

(6)   Melbourne-


Generally both centres will caterfor persons inthe 15-18 year age group.

(7)   As this is a new type of facility it is not possible to estimate the average period of attendance until experience with this group is obtained.

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