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NATIONAL HEALTH REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) 1991 NO. 310

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

STATUTORY RULES 1991 No. 310

Issued by the authority of the Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services

National Health Act 1953

National Health Regulations (Amendment)

Section 140 of the National Health Act 1953 (the Act) provides that the Governor-General may make Regulations for the purposes of the Act.

Section 4AAAA of the Act provides that, for the purposes of the Act, an adjusted fee government nursing home is

"(a)       a nursing home whose name and address are specified in column 2 of an item in Schedule 3, being the nursing home to which the certificate of approval issued by the minister under subsection 40AA(2) and bearing the approval number specified in column 3 of that item relates;

(b)       any other nursing home prescribed for the purposes of this section."

The Regulations may also amend Schedule 3 of the Act by omitting any item in that Schedule.

Adjusted fee government nursing homes receive payment of a higher level of Commonwealth nursing home benefits than other State Government nursing homes. These arrangements previously applied to a total of 295 beds in the eleven new State Government nursing homes which were listed in Schedule 3 of the Act.

On June 25 1991 the Victorian Health Department requested that the Percy H. Cleland Nursing Home, at that time an adjusted fee government nursing home, be deleted as an adjusted fee government nursing home, to be substituted by the Ian Brand Nursing Home. Both nursing homes have 30 beds, and are located on the same site at Bundoora. The Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services approved the deletion and substitution on 3 September 1991.

The National Health Regulations have been amended to:

       omit the Percy H. Cleland Nursing Home from Schedule 3, adjusted fee government nursing homes, and

       prescribe the Ian Brand Nursing Home as an adjusted fee government nursing home.


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