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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 950..


Hospitals-nurses

(Question No 900)

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

(1) What proportion of the $250 000 allocated in the 2005-06 budget for the Nurse Practitioner program has been expended to date;

(2) How many applications have been received for Nurse Practitioner positions in the 2005-06 financial year;

(3) How many Nurse Practitioner positions have been offered in the 2005-06 financial year;

(4) In what field are those undertaking a Nurse Practitioner position specialising;

(5) What is the Government doing to retain in the ACT Health system those who undertake a Nurse Practitioner position.

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

(1) All of the $250,000 has been allocated. This has provided for the establishment of four Nurse Practitioner positions within ACT Health. $99,280 has been expended so far this financial year and it is expected that $166,900 will be expended by 30 June 2006.

(2) Five business plans were received for establishing nurse practitioner positions. Five nurse practitioners positions were approved during the 2005-06 financial year.

(3) Four nurse practitioner positions have been advertised for ACT Health. Two nurse practitioner positions have been offered and two more positions are in the recruitment phase. The fifth position is in the private residential aged care sector and is yet to be advertised.

(4) The nurse practitioner positions are in Aged Care (one position in ACT Health and one position in the private residential sector), Wound Care, Emergency Department and Sexual Health.

(5) The ACT Government is currently implementing a number of strategies to assist in the retention of nurse practitioners that are employed in designated nurse practitioner positions. These include; the establishment of ongoing professional and clinical support structures and processes; a workshop for new nurse practitioners to assist with the development of clinical practice guidelines and medication formularies; planning around the development of those aspiring to the nurse practitioner role and working with service areas to submitting business plans for the establishment of nurse practitioner positions in areas of need.

Clare Holland House

(Question No 901)

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

Has the Government given any further consideration to the expansion of Clare Holland House to cater for more hospice patients; if so, what further consideration has taken place


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