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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2238..


Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:

(1a) Reported cases of Pertussis this calendar year 1/1/04 to 31/3/04 are 45.

(1b) Reported cases of Pertussis in this financial year 1/7/03 to 31/3/04 are 288.

(2a) In the calendar year (1/1/04 - 31/3/04) there were 15 cases in people under 20 years and 30 cases in over 20 years.

Age

0 - 4 years

5 - 14 years

15 - 19 years

Over 20 years

Total

Number of Cases

3

9

3

30

45

(2b) In the financial year to date (1 July - 31 March) there were 169 cases in people under 20 years and 116 cases in over 20 years.

Age

0 - 4 years

5 - 14 years

15 - 19 years

Over 20 years

Total

Number of Cases

12

105

55

116

288

(3) There are no concerns of a pertussis outbreak at this time.

There was an outbreak in 2003 with notifications peaking in August and September. Total number of cases was 143 in these two months. Notifications have since been steadily decreasing.

Health Protection Service will continue to monitor all new cases to assess the disease pattern.

Dental waiting lists

(Question No 1457)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) How much of the $500 000 allocated in the 2003-04 Budget to reduce adult dental waiting lists has been expended to date;

(2) Has the adult dental waiting list been reduced; if so, please provide the figures to show this reduction and explain if the targeted reduction has been achieved; if not, please provide the figures and explain why expenditure of these funds has failed to reduce dental adult waiting lists.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:

(1)

Restorative Scheme

$

344,043.15

Denture Scheme

$

66,172.30

Increased dental officer staffing

$

90,000.00

Total

$

500,215.45


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