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Thursday, 20 September 2001
Page: 31218


Ms O'Byrne asked the Minister for Aged Care, upon notice, on 4 June 2001:

(1) How many (a) high care and (b) low care beds have been allocated within the electoral division of Bass.

(2) How many (a) high care and (b) low care beds are currently on-line.


Mrs Bronwyn Bishop (Minister for Aged Care) —The answer to the honourable member's question, in accordance with advice provided to me, is as follows:

The Electorate of Bass is within the Northern Aged Care Planning Region of Tasmania. The allocation of places is not based on Electoral Divisions.

(1) (a) and (b) There are currently 648 high care beds, 543 low care beds and 139 Community Aged Care Packages allocated in the Northern Aged Care Planning Region.

In the 2001 Aged Care Approvals Round, a further 44 high care beds have been released for allocation in the Northern Region for small communities with poor access to residential aged care services. An additional 14 high care beds, 14 low care beds and 41 Community Aged Care Packages have been released for allocation anywhere in Tasmania. Recurrent funding is guaranteed for all of these new aged care places.

(2) (a) and (b) There are currently 639 high care beds, 435 low care beds and 139 Community Aged Care Packages operational in the Northern Aged Care Planning Region.

Since 1998, this Government has released 32,000 aged care places to make up for the 10,000 aged care place shortage identified by the Auditor General in 1998 as a result of the former Labor Government's failure to release sufficient places.