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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3186

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister, representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 20 October 1977:

(   1 ) What consideration has been given to the introduction of a new type of aged persons accommodation, sometimes called 'nursing hostels' to fill the gap between nursing homes and hostels.

(2)   Is it considered that this type of accommodation is more deserving of Government support than single unit accommodation.

Mr Hunt - In consultation with my Department, the Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Most nursing homes accommodate two types of patients; those requiring what is known as extensive care and those requiring ordinary care. The Commonwealth minimum nursing requirements differentiate between the levels of nursing required by each type of patient.

In Victoria, however, because of the high ratio of staffing required by State Health Authorities, private nursing homes tend to accommodate almost exclusively extensive care patients. A need could therefore exist in Victoria for more nursing home accommodation for ordinary care patients. This would need a much lower staff/patient ratio than is required by the Victorian health authorities.

(2)   In a Report published in January 1977 the Committee on Care of the Aged and Infirm ('Holmes Committee') expressed doubts as to whether, apart from some regional deficiencies, a pressing need exists to further increase the stock of self-contained units and therefore recommended cessation of capital assistance for self-contained accommodation in 1979, at the end of the current 3-year program. This will be taken into account in determining future priorities under the Aged or Disabled Persons Homes Act.

Unemployment: Canberra and the Northern Territory (Question No. 1886)

Mr Fry asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 20 October 1977:

(1)   How many persons were registered as unemployed in the Commonwealth Employment Service offices covering the electoral divisions of (a) Canberra, and (b) Northern Territory as at the end of (i) August 1965, (ii) August 1976, and (iii) August 1977.

(2)   What percentage of those registered was (a) male, (b) female, (c) under 21 years of age, and (d) 21 years of age and over.

(3)   What were the principal work categories of the persons registered as unemployed.

Mr Street - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) In view of the volume of requests for detailed labour market information and the time involved in extracting and preparing such information, I have arranged for local offices of the Commonwealth Employment Service, when requested by a member of Parliament, to provide readily available raw data which may be relevant to the question. I suggest that the honourable member contact the Officers-in-Charge of the CES offices concerned.

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