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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3639..


Health-meningococcal disease

(Question No 481)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 18 August 2005:

(1) How many cases of meningococcal have been diagnosed in the ACT in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 to date;

(2) Were there any deaths related to meningococcal in the ACT in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 to date.

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

(1) Notifications received for confirmed cases of meningococcal disease to ACT Health in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 (to date), are outlined in table 1 below.

Table 1

Financial Year

Number of Meningococcal Disease Notifications

(a)

01/07/01 - 30/06/02

7

(b)

01/07/02 - 30/06/03

4

(c)

01/07/03 - 30/06/04

17

(d)

01/07/04 - 30/06/05

9

(e)

01/07/05 - 31/08/05 (present)

2

Total 01/07/01 - 31/08/05

39

(2) Notification of deaths reported to ACT Health as a result of meningococcal disease in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 (to date) is outlined in table 2.

Table 2

Financial Year

Number of Meningococal Disease Deaths

(a)

01/07/01 - 30/06/02

0

(b)

01/07/02 - 30/06/03

1

(c)

01/07/03 - 30/06/04

1

(d)

01/07/04 - 30/06/05

0

(e)

01/07/05 - 31/08/05 (present)

0

Total 01/07/01 - 31/08/05

2

Calvary Hospital-night staff

(Question No 483)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 18 August 2005:

(1) What would be the normal process followed in assisting a patient who presents to the Emergency Department of Calvary Hospital at night time with a suspected ankle fracture;

(2) Is it clinically acceptable for such a patient to be told to go home and return the following day for treatment as particular staff have gone home;

(3) Why are there no staff available at night times to treat injuries like suspected fractures;


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