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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 9 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 2983..


(13) This data is not kept by CMP. It is unlikely that postnatal depression will be diagnosed before two weeks after birth and the CMP hands over care to Maternal and Child Health (MACH) nurses at 10-14 days. CMP midwives do identify women at risk of postnatal depression and make early referrals to MACH and occasionally to QE11 Family Centre for breastfeeding and or baby settling problems. The CMP does not keep data on the numbers of such referrals.

Drugs-heroin overdoses

(Question No 442)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 30 June 2005:

(1) What was the total number of heroin overdoses in the ACT for each month in 2004-05;

(2) How does the total number of heroin overdoses in 2004-05 compare to the total number of overdoses in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2001-02;

(3) How many of the overdoses in 2004-05 were fatal;

(4) How does the fatality figure for 2004-05 compare to the fatality figures in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2001-02.

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

(1) From July 1 2004 to June 30 2005 the Ambulance Service has attended the following possible heroin overdoses:

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Total

7

13

13

5

4

4

3

9

12

13

14

9

106

(2) (a) From July 1 2003 to June 30 2004 the Ambulance Service attended 253 possible heroin overdoses.

(b) From July 1 2002 to June 30 2003 the Ambulance Service attended 159 possible heroin overdoses.

(c) From July 1 2001 to June 30 2002 the Ambulance Service attended 127 possible heroin overdoses.

(3) According to the National Centre for Coronial Information (NCIS), there was possibly 1 fatal heroin related overdose for the period 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.

(4) (a) According to the National Centre for Coronial Information (NCIS), there were possibly 5 fatal heroin related overdoses for the period 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004.

(b) According to the National Centre for Coronial Information (NCIS), there were possibly 6 fatal heroin related overdoses for the period 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003.

(c) According to the National Centre for Coronial Information (NCIS), there were possibly 3 fatal heroin related overdoses for the period 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2002.


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