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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 323..


Answers to questions

Government-media monitoring

(Question No 2)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

What is the total amount of funds expended by the A.C.T. Government on media monitoring across all A.C.T. departments.

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

(1) On 1 July 2004, a new whole-of-government Client Services Agreement came into effect between the ACT Government and the media monitoring company Rehame.

(2) Over the life of this 12-month agreement, ACT Government agencies will pay a total of $38,400 (GST inclusive), or $3,200 per month. This is a significant reduction on the amount paid under previous arrangements.

(3) Transcripts of interviews, television clips and press clips are provided by Rehame at an additional cost, as required.

(4) These media monitoring services and reduced rates negotiated under the new Client Services Agreement are open to all Members of the Legislative Assembly.

Health-panic disorders

(Question No 3)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) What (a) health specific and (b) support services are available to those in the A.C.T. who suffer from panic disorders;

(2) What percentage of the health budget is directed to assisting those with panic disorders;

(3) Why is it that those with panic disorders in the A.C.T. feel like they have no where to turn for support in times of crisis, as conveyed to me by a constituent who suffers from severe panic disorder.

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

1a. Mental Health ACT provides clinical services to consumers with moderate to severe mental health issues. This includes consumers suffering from Panic Disorder or experiencing panic attacks associated with other mental health issues. Service provision includes clinical management and crisis intervention through the community based regional teams, the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team and inpatient services.


Mental Health ACT also provides an 8 week "Managing Anxiety"course at Ward 2N in Calvary Public Hospital.


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