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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1263..


(v)

Train travel

Reimbursement of full ticket will be made with the exception of coach travel to Sydney, where a maximum rate of $40 applies.

(vi)

Hotel/motel accommodation

$20 per night per escort in accommodation in a commercial establishment

(vii)

Private accommodation

$10 per person per night

(viii)

Meals

Are not met by the scheme

(ix)

Other living expenses

Are not met by the scheme

The Interstate Patient Travel Scheme usually assists with travel and accommodation costs for only one escort. However, in exceptional circumstances, such as for babies with serious medical problems, the Scheme will contribute to meeting the expenses of both parents.

Health-suicide

(Question No 159)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 February 2005:

(1) How many mental health clients have (a) suicided and (b) attempted suicide to date this financial year;

(2) Are there any concerns or have any concerns been raised about the handling of any of these incidents this financial year;

(3) How many mental health clients have (a) suicided and (b) attempted suicide, each month, since July 2004.

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

(1) (a) The number of suspected suicides of active mental health clients from 1 July 2004 to date is six. Of the six suspected suicides, two have been confirmed as a suicide through a completed coronial process.

(b) The number of attempted suicides by active mental health clients identified by Mental Health ACT since 1 July 2004 to date is twelve, which were reported to the General Manager of Mental Health ACT.

(2) All adverse clinical incidents are reviewed by the Mental Health ACT Clinical Review Committee (CRC). Where service issues or improvements to policy or practice are identified in relation to any adverse incident, the issue is addressed and implemented appropriately.

(3) (a) The number of active mental health clients who have had confirmed suicides through a completed coronial process since 1 July 2004 is:

July 2004: 2


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