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Financial Counselling

Community Affairs 24 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I have a number of questions. First I will go to financial counselling. I understand that the additional resources for financial counselling run out this year. I also understand that there is a great deal of concern about what happens after this. Have you had that representation from financial counsellors and in particular in light of the situation that is obviously now facing people in terms of floods?

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Family Support Program

Community Affairs 24 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—With respect to the family relationship area in the Family Support Program, I have a number of questions, and I do have online questions. As I understand it, contracts for the FSP expire on 30 June, and Minister Macklin at the conference at the end of last year outlined some directions for the programs, and also said that there would be no major retendering process. Is that correct?

Dr Harmer—Yes.

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Medicare Locals

Rachel Siewert 23 Feb 2011

23 February 2011 – Community Affairs

Senator SIEWERT—In the guidelines you say that Medicare locals will reflect the local communities et cetera. I will not read it all out. How are you going to ensure that these groups are reflected in the Medicare Locals—in particular, consumers?

Ms Morris—I cannot remember which page it is on.

Ms Huxtable—Can you tell us the page?

Senator SIEWERT—I cannot tell you which page, sorry.

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Sleep apnoea and equipment costs

Rachel Siewert 23 Feb 2011

Community Affairs – 23 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—We may be doing this game again with me but we will see. I am interested in the costs of specialised medical equipment.

Ms Halton—Keep going; more hints.

Senator SIEWERT—I have had this from several people, but one in particular raised it with me. He is a disability pensioner and he is after supplying some equipment that he needs and apparently he can get it cheaper overseas but he does not get support for that. Do I ask that here or should I ask that tomorrow with FaHCSIA?

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Naltrexone

Rachel Siewert 23 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 23 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—We have had discussions before about naltrexone, and I wanted to follow up on that. I understand the review has been completed.

Prof. Anderson—Correct.

Senator SIEWERT—Has it been publicly released?

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Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Rachel Siewert 23 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 23 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I realise that the question I wanted to ask I think I should be asking of the department, but I am just wondering where your level of involvement is at with the bowel cancer screening process.

Dr Zorbas—The screening program is obviously not part of our remit, but we are obviously watching the evidence and the activities in that area very closely.

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Aged Care Bed Licences

Community Affairs 23 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I want to follow up some work we have been following up on licences. I am a little bit confused as to the 15 per cent cap on extra services, whether it is intended as a guide or whether a 15 per cent cap is strictly applied. So, could we clarify that first, please?

Ms C Smith—No, the 15 per cent requirement for each state and territory is a legislative requirement, but it is for the overall state or territory.

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