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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2244..


Mental Health Respite Care Program

- Carers ACT

- Respite Care ACT

$100,000

$105,000

Psychogeriatric Care

$300,000

Mental Illness Education ACT- Youth mental health education & literacy program

$85,000

Expansion of Older Persons' Mental Health Service

$322,000

2002-2003 Total

$1,878,000

(2) 2003 - 2004 Mental Health Budget Initiatives

Initiative

Expenditure

Gungahlin Outreach - Additional clinical staff to provide outreach services to mental health clients in Gungahlin

$400,000

Calvary Link - Expansion of the Crisis & Assessment Team to include assessment at Calvary Hospital

$80,000

Drug and Alcohol/Mental Health Worker

$80,000

Forensic - Court Liaison Officer

$80,000

Expansion of Community Mental Health teams to include Tuggeranong region and extended hours for the Woden teams.

$400,000

Discharge Planner Program - employment of a discharge planner at PSU

$80,000

Supported Accommodation - Expansion of the community mental health supported accommodation program

$240,000

Employment of a Mental Health Clinical Data Manager

$55,000

Support for Carers - Continuation of the 2002/03 Respite initiative.

$35,000

SACS Award - Mental Health component of wage increases for staff employed by NGOs providing mental health services.

$90,000

2003-2004 Total

$1,540,000

Ear piercing

(Question No 1465)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

Please detail the laws governing the regulation of ear piercing in the A.C.T. with regard to (a) chemists, (b) jewellery stores and (c) any other outlet providing such a service, in particular with respect to young people under the age of 16.

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

Regulation of ear piercing

The ACT Public Health Risk (Infection Control) Declaration Amendment 2001 defines closed ear piercing as, "a process of ear piercing that is carried out on the lower lobe of the ear by means of an apparatus that does not come into contact with the skin and can be operated only by the use of sealed and pre-sterilised disposable fittings."

Exempt premises

Businesses performing closed ear piercing are excluded from the requirement to hold a


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