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Annual report 2009 - 2010



Annual report 2009 - 2010

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Department of Health and Families


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Department Health and Families144 Commenced development and implementation of a whole-of-government disability framework. Engaged in National Disability Agreement reform agenda. Attracted a new service provider to the Territory. Aged Care Assessment Teams Aged Care Assessment teams (ACAT) provide assessment services to frail aged people. Assessment identifies the needs of individuals, and the services most appropriate to meet their needs, and facilitates access to residential aged care when appropriate. Total assessments increased from 1141 in 2008-09 to 1165 in 2009-10. Table 22 ACAT assessments by region Location Total ACAT Assessments for 2009-10 Alice Springs 295 Katherine 128 Top End Remote 85 Darwin Urban 657 TOTAL 1 165 Guardianship The Public Guardian is the Minister for Children and Families and can be appointed as the Guardian when there is no other suitable person to perform the role or can be jointly appointed with a community guardian. Guardianship orders are applied for, and when investigated can be made for either a community or a public guardian. The community guardian is an unpaid family member, carer etc. The Public Guardian is a Departmental employee appointed in the absence of anyone else being willing or able to take on the role. Number of new orders made appointing the Public Guardian 131 Number of review of orders appointing the Public Guardian 178 In 2009-10, 147 applications for Guardianship were received and 119 Guardianship orders were made by the Court. This constitutes an increase in the number of applications and the number of orders made, this trend is expected to continue. Number of applications received 147 Number of new Guardianship orders made 119 Number of reviews 245

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