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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . . Page.. 4350..


which is 'unenclosed' by more than 25% would not be subject to the requirements of the legislation.

It would be premature to review this legislation before it takes effect at the end of 2006. The Government is committed to working with unions, employers and health groups in a cooperative manner to ensure that we achieve smoke-free enclosed public places and that the legislation is communicated and implemented effectively.

Health-population growth

(Question No 616)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

(1) Is the Minister aware that the Greater Southern Area Health Service has held meetings to ensure it can stand up to projected population growth over the next five years in the south-east;

(2) Is the ACT undertaking any similar research work to ensure the ACT's health system can stand up to population growth in the future; if so, when did or will this work commence and will the Minister release the information received publicly; if not, why not, and will he consider undertaking such research;

(3) Has the Government undertaken any research work to see what impact population growth in the south east will have on the ACT health system;

(4) Will the Minister be speaking to his colleagues in NSW to ensure a better deal is delivered to the ACT in terms of cross border payments for health in light of population growth in the south east.

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

(1) Yes.

As the basis for future planning, I am aware that the Greater Southern Area Health Service has held meetings to ensure it can stand up to projected population growth. Their Clinical Services Plan is currently being developed.

(2) In 2004, ACT Health initiated the development of a Clinical Services Plan that provides the framework for the development and provision of public hospital and community health services for the people for the ACT up to 2011. The draft plan has been made available to the public.

(3) Yes.

The development of the ACT Health Clinical Services Plan has related analysis of both population projections for south-eastern NSW and the activity flow reversal strategies planned by GSAHS.

(4) Discussions have taken place and departmental level meetings have been scheduled to progress the Crossborder Hospital Services Agreement between ACT and NSW. These discussions are ongoing.


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