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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3631..


Inpatient adult education is also provided at TCH. Home visits are provided for patients who may have difficulty accessing the Department. 63 patients have had Adult Asthma Education in the past 3 months provided by this service. The Asthma Educator also provides Asthma Education talks to community groups and other health service providers.

(8) Asthma education is provided in a primary health care model through Community Health, general practitioners and The Canberra Hospital's Asthma Clinic.

The Community Asthma Support Service, ACT Health provides Asthma Education to children, young adults up to 25years of age and their families. This service provides 2 clinics each month at the Paediatric Outpatient Department at TCH and home visits for their other patients. The service also provides education for community groups and training for the "Asthma Friendly School"program.

Registered nurses, who are accredited asthma educators, work closely with family doctors (GPs), paediatricians, specialists, pharmacists, teachers, hospital staff and the ACT Asthma Association.

Any family or young person under 25 years can use the service if a doctor has diagnosed their child or youth with asthma. The asthma educators will arrange to see families in their homes, in hospitals, clinics or in health centres.

Schools, childcare centres and community organisations are able to request group education sessions in their own venue.

Any individual seeking information about asthma is also welcome to contact the service.

Current wait time for this service is less than 2 weeks.

Hospitals-bypass figures

(Question No 469)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 August 2005:

(1) On how many occasions this calendar year has (a) Calvary Hospital and (b) The Canberra Hospital been on bypass;

(2) What is the breakdown of the figures in part (1) each month from January to July 2005 and what is the current figure for the month of August;

(3) What were the reasons for the bypass on each occasion that a hospital has been placed on bypass this calendar year.

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

(1) The Canberra Hospital has been on bypass on 41 occasions in the 2005 calendar year.

(2) The breakdown of the figures in each month

No. of occasions

Jan 05

Feb 05

Mar 05

Apr 05

May 05

Jun 05

Jul 05

Aug 05

TCH

7

4

0

5

4

7

3

11


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