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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2478


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

(1)   What is the name and location of rehabilitation clinics and/or centres that have been established or are planned in each State for servicing the needs of handicapped people.

(2)   What is the purpose of each clinic.

(3)   How many persons are currently accepted for rehabilitation assistance at the clinics that are in operation.

(4)   Do handicapped children have access to these clinics.

(5)   What is the age distribution of each of the persons given rehabilitation assistance or accepted for rehabilitation assistance in 1972-73, and for each age group how many successfully completed rehabilitation.

(6)   What is the distinction between the work adjustment centre at Fairfield, Victoria and the rehabilitation clinics.

(7)   What is the name and location of work adjustment centres that have been established or are planned in each State.

(8)   What is the distinction between the work adjustment centre and the work preparation centre planned for mildly mentally retarded adolescents in the Sydney area.


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

(a)   Rehabilitation Clinics established

 

(b)   Rehabilitation Centres established

 

(c)   Additional Rehabilitation Clinics approved and in the process of being established

 

(d)   Rehabilitation Centresin planning stage

 

(2)   The object of rehabilitation 'clinics' is to provide decentralised rehabilitation casework facilities for the selection and preliminary assessment of potential rehabilitation cases in the region; to supervise vocational training given locally; to liaise with the comprehensive rehabilitation centre in the capital cities; and to oversight post rehabilitation employment and follow up. As misunderstanding can arise by the use of the word 'clinic' these facilities will be known as Regional Rehabilitation Units. As part of the Australian Government's policy of decentralisation, further regional units will be established as resources permit.

(3)   It will be apparent from (2) above that Regional Rehabilitation Units are not intended to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation service. This is normally available through the rehabilitation centre in the capital city.

(4)   The Australian Government Rehabilitation Service can provide rehabilitation without charge to handicapped children, 14 and 15 years of age. Such cases can apply for rehabilitation assistance through the regional rehabilitation units and receive preliminary assessment by the rehabilitation team.

(5)   Age distribution of persons accepted for rehabilitation during 1972-73:

There were 1,343 handicapped persons placed in employment following rehabilitation assistance during 1972-73, but statistics of these cases, according to age, are not maintained.

(6)   The work adjustment centre at Fairfield is used for intensive work familiarisation under industrial conditions for selected handicapped persons who are likely to experience difficulty in obtaining employment. The aim is to bridge the gap between the remedial program of the rehabilitation centres and full-time employment. On the other hand, as explained in (2) above, rehabilitation units provide a decentralised rehabilitation assessment and case-work follow-up service to residents of the district.

(7)   The work adjustment centre at Fairfield, Victoria, is operational and the work adjustment centre at Glen Waverley, Victoria, is in the process of being established. Suitable premises are being sought for conversion into work adjustment centres in Sydney and Brisbane. Later it is planned to set up work adjustment centres in all States.

(8)   As explained in (6) above, work adjustment centres are used for intensive work familiarisation for selected handicapped persons who are likely to experience difficulty in obtaining employment. Work preparation centres are designed to prepare mildly mentally retarded school leavers for adult life and normal employment.







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