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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4295..


(2) To facilitate the integration of Healthpact functions into ACT Health, the HIB was restructured.

As a result of the restructure, one position was made redundant. This Senior Officer Grade B position's duties were mainly associated with servicing the ACT Health Promotion Authority. With the abolition of the Authority, this position was no longer required.

(3) While the integration of Healthpact is expected to achieve recurrent administrative savings, none of these savings are to be made from the grants funds themselves. All grants awarded for 2006/07 will be honoured and the 2007/08 Health Promotion Grants funding rounds are proceeding as in previous years.

Hospitals—triage categories

(Question No 1429)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, on 12 December 2006:

(1) In relation to triage category 1, is the standard of 100 per cent of patients being treated immediately still being met;

(2) In relation to triage category 2, (a) has there been any improvement in the treatment of patients within 10 minutes from the outcome of 71 per cent achieved in 2005-06 and (b) is the target of 80 per cent for this category still valid;

(3) In relation to triage category 3, (a) why did the proportion of patients who were treated within 30 minutes fall from 49 per cent in 2004-05 to 44 per cent in 2005-06 and (b) has there been any improvement in 2006-07 in the proportion of patients being treated;

(4) In relation to triage category 4, (a) why did the proportion of patients who were treated within 60 minutes fall from 51 per cent in 2004-05 to 47 per cent in 2005-06 and (b) has there been any improvement in 2006-07 in the proportion of patients being treated;

(5) In relation to triage category 5, is the outcome for 2005-06 of 84 per cent of patients being treated within 120 minutes being maintained or improved.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes

(2) (a) Yes. The result for the first quarter of 2006-07 for category two presentations was 79 per cent.

(b) The 80 per cent target is consistent with the target suggested by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine.

(3) (a) There was a 17 per cent increase in category three presentations during 2006 07 compared with 2005-06.

(b) Yes. ACT Hospitals reported an on-time rate of 48 per cent for the first quarter of 2006 07


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