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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 639..


Have the consultation guidelines for the Aboriginal Health Impact Statement (AHIS) been completed; if so, when were they completed and has implementation of the AIHS commenced; if not, why have the guidelines not been completed, when will they be completed and when will implementation of the AHIS commence.

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

  • Consultation guidelines for the Aboriginal Health Impact Statement are complete.

  • They were completed at the end of 2005 following a consultative process involving government, non-government and community stakeholders.

  • Implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Impact Statement has commenced.

Education—health scholarships

(Question No 903)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:

(1) How many allied health scholarships have been offered by the ACT Government since the program commenced in July 2004;

(2) What is the total cost of the scholarship program to date;

(3) What is the Government doing to retain those who undertake a scholarship to work in the ACT Health system;

(4) What is the feedback regarding the effectiveness of the allied health scholarship program;

(5) How many scholarships are on offer for the 2005-06 financial year and at what cost.

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

(1) 33 allied health scholarships have been offered since the program commenced in July 2004.

(2) The totals cost of the scholarship program to date is $83,113.

(3) Government is providing a career path for allied health professionals within the fields of clinical practice, leadership and management, research and education; promoting a learning environment that increases knowledge and skills; providing new undergraduates with a more senior worker to ensure mentoring and ongoing professional development.

(4) Since the allied health scholarship program was introduced:

  • ACT Health separation rate has significantly decreased from 15.9% 2003/2004 to 10.0% Jan 2005-Dec 2006.
  • The separation rate in the cohort of scholarship recipients is 0% to date.
  • Scholarship recipients have stated that the scholarship was an important consideration in choosing to remain with ACT Health when receiving offers of employment external to ACT Health.


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