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Personal Helpers and Mentors Program

Estimates & Committees
Rachel Siewert 25 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 25 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I am following up again on the Personal Helpers and Mentors program (PHaMs) questions I asked previously for the APY, or Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, lands. Who were the providers for the APY lands? Is it just CatholicCare NT or are there others as well?

Ms Winkler—I am just checking. I just need to find my table as it has got my list of service providers. CatholicCare NT is the provider for APY lands.

Senator SIEWERT—They are the sole provider?

Ms Winkler—Yes.

Senator SIEWERT—How many people do they deliver support for?

Ms Winkler—I do not have the numbers for each individual remote site but we could provide that to you.

Senator SIEWERT—It would be appreciated if you could tell me which communities they support. I suspect you probably should not tell me the breakdown of the number of people in each community but if you could tell me which communities they support, the number of people on the lands, and also the funding that is available for those services for 2010-11, that would be good. Also, are the same provisions being made for the next financial year or will funding be increased?

Ms Winkler—Some of those sites are funded out to 2013. Some of them are in different funding cycles currently.

Senator SIEWERT—Can you provide that information?

Ms Winkler—We can do the site, the service provider, the funding and then we can do a separate table. The remote sites are serviced in a slightly different way to our other PHaMs providers in that they do a lot more community and group development kind of activity. It takes a much longer lead time to develop the support arrangements.

Senator SIEWERT—If you could then articulate that in that table, the community work that is done in each community, that would be appreciated.

Dr Jeff Harmer—Are you talking about just each community in the APY lands?

Senator SIEWERT—Yes. We have had a discussion before about the gaps in PHaMs around Australia. How much further have you progressed in that gap analysis for Aboriginal communities? How far are we going now in terms of providing comprehensive support in Aboriginal communities in Australia?

Ms Winkler—We have progressed in doing mapping work and it was not just in relation to Indigenous communities, it was to look at the service coverage across Australia. One of the things that we found in that exercise was that we have got quite broad coverage in terms of the areas that the services are meant to cover. However, there are capacity issues in a number of those locations in terms of the potential population of people to be serviced versus available services.

We also know that there are some areas where we do not have PHaMs services because currently we have got 174 sites across the country and 10 of them are remote Indigenous sites. There is a site proposed for Alice Springs/Papunya. We are still in the negotiation phase in relation to that but we are hoping that we will have a service up and running before the end of the financial year.

Senator SIEWERT—You said 10 were remote?

Ms Winkler—There will be 11 remote once Alice Springs is up.

Senator SIEWERT—So you are counting Alice as remote?

Ms Winkler—It is Alice Springs/Papunya. Originally it was going to just be a Papunya site and then we got some additional transformation plan funding so it was extended to be both an Alice Springs and Papunya site.

Senator SIEWERT—In terms of addressing some of the needs in other remote communities, do you have plans and/or resources for other sites?

Ms Winkler—Currently all the funding within the targeted community care program is committed. In terms of moving into the next funding cycle, to maintain the level of service that is currently on the ground actually takes the quantum of dollars that will be available within the program.

Senator SIEWERT—When you give me the other list could you also provide us with the 10 remote sites as well as the funding that has been allocated for those 10?

Ms Winkler—Yes. We already have most of that information.


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