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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr Hayden asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   What allocation of capital cost subsidy was available and what amount was actually taken up in respect of approved nursing homes for the aged in each State in each of the past 5 years.

(2)   What number of patients in each State was covered by (a) the $2 per day light nursing subsidy in each year and (b) the heavy nursing subsidy since its inception last year.

(3)   Haw many institutions approved for payment of these subsidies in each State in each year were conducted (a) by the State Government, (b) by churches and benevolent societies, (c) by local authorities and (d) privately.

(4)   In respect of each of the categories (a) to (d) in the preceding question, will he give available details of (i) the bed capacity available and (ii) the average waiting list and average waiting periods for males, females and couples for each State in each year.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Under the States Grants (Nursing Homes) Act 1969 a total amount of $5,000,000 is available to be paid to the States over a five year period from 1.7.69 by way of financial assistance for, or in connection with, erection of approved nursing homes.

The amounts available to each State in this period are:

To date no payments of Commonwealth assistance have been made under this Act but proposals have been received from the States of Queensland and Western Australia seeking prior approval to incur expenditure and are currently being examined.

Prior to the introduction of this Act there was no specific Commonwealth legislation which provided capital cost subsidy to nursing homes as such in the States.

(2)   Details of the actual number of patients who have received Commonwealth Nursing Home Benefits during any year are not maintained. However the number of approved beds and the number of days for which benefit was paid in each State in each of the last five years are given in the following table: (a)


(b)   (i) The supplementary benefit for intensive care nursing home patients was introduced on 1.1.1969. The number of days for which Commonwealth supplementary benefit was paid for the six months ended 30th June 1969 is as follows:

(b)   (ii) The number of patients who were accommodated in approved nursing homes throughout Australia on 30th June 1969 and who were in receipt of the supplementary benefit for intensive nursing home care -was:

(3)   The division of Nursing Homes into the categories requested by the honourable member is not readily available. Work is proceeding within my Department to obtain this detail. As soon as it is completed it will be made available to the honourable member. Meanwhile the following information is given.


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(4)   (i) As in (3) work is proceeding on this part of the question. Available information is shown hereunder:


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