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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3991..


Further to the response to part (4) of Question on notice No 1661, did the Chief Minister have any concerns about staffing or staff conditions raised with him in 2003-04.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Corrective Services at one time expressed concern that there might be a slight possibility of industrial action, arising from a staffing issue. It was considered to be a normal departmental matter.

Health-obesity

(Question No 1729)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 4 August 2004:

(1) What is the estimated number of Canberrans who are classified obese in the age brackets (a) 1-12, (b) 12-18, (c) 18-25, (d) 25-40 and (e) 40 and above;

(2) What is the Government doing to reduce childhood obesity in the A.C.T.

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

(1) No data is presently available for the specific age groups requested, however we do have available the following data:

Age group

% of ACT population classified as obese

18 to 29 years

5.5

30 to 44 years

13.1

45 to 59 years

16.4

60 to 75 years

12.0

Source: Population Health Division (2003). ACT Chief Health Officer's Report, 2000-2002.

ACT Government, Canberra ACT

(2) ACT Health is currently establishing an ACT Government Obesity Leadership Group to coordinate across government healthy weight initiatives, particularly the implementation of initiatives funded in the ACT Budget 2004-05.

In the recent ACT Budget 2004-05, ACT Health was allocated $2 million over four years for Combating Childhood Obesity projects including:

  • Monitoring and surveillance;
  • Family Weight Management Program;
  • Expanding the Tuckatalk in Schools Program;
  • Healthpact - Health Promoting Schools Vitality Funding Round; and
  • Implementation of the National Obesity Action Plan.

ACT Health will soon be releasing Eat Well ACT - A Public Health Nutrition Plan for the ACT. As recommended in this plan, an ACT Health Nutrition Leadership Group will be established to support a coordinated approach to public health nutrition in ACT Health.


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