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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 933..


nurse conversion for Enrolled Nurse course. All staff enrolled are supported to attend and study. In the past year 7 nursing staff (of a total nursing staff of approximately 30) have had the opportunity to attend alcohol and drug conferences/symposiums in other jurisdictions.

(8) There are a number of mechanisms for client feedback and participation. Community Health's feedback program "Have your say about our services' provides the opportunity for clients to submit written comments, complaints, concerns or compliments. Alcohol and Drug Program have regular client feedback meetings with the peer-based service, Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) and clients. The Opioid Treatment Advisory Committee has included as members CAHMA and a consumer representative. In addition, the Treatment Support worker employed by CAHMA has been provided the opportunity to be on site in the Opioid Treatment Service once per week to assist clients with any concerns or requests with regards to their treatment. The Withdrawal Services conduct a weekly client feedback. Each of these mechanisms provide the opportunity for clients to contribute, so that services can best meet the needs of the client group.

(9) Clients with a comorbidity/dual diagnosis are reviewed by medical and nursing staff as part of their regular review process for pharmacotherapy treatment or on a needs basis from day to day. ADP medical staff approach such clients with a shared care approach that involves consultation with the client's psychiatrist or GP. In the Opioid Treatment Service, ADP medical staff do not assume a prescribing role for comorbidity/dual diagnosis. In the inpatient Withdrawal Service, ADP medical staff temporarily assume the prescribing role for these clients and refer the client back to the psychiatrist or GP for ongoing management. For all these clients there is additional support available from the ADP and Mental Health Comorbidity Services.

(10) Not all clients accessing ADP services will have a GP. Clients wanting referral to a GP for continued management on the Opioid Treatment Program can be assisted in this by Program staff. Clients requesting transfer to GP management of their opioid treatment are required to have demonstrated stability on the pharmacotherapy treatment prior to transfer. Clients discharging from the inpatient Withdrawal Service are encouraged, prior to discharge, to make an appointment with a GP for continued treatment needs, and they are provided with a referral letter. Opioid Treatment Service clients wanting to access a GP for general health requirements are provided with a number of options and contacts to do so and then appropriately referred, if the client requests formal referral.

Computers-information technology support

(Question No 85)

Mrs Burke asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

(1) Has the ACT Government Community Engagement Manual been completed and released;

(2) How many of the 148 community organisations offered funding for information technology support by the ACT Government have received up to $1 000 in funding grants;

(3) If all grants were not allocated, where has the funding been redirected.


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