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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 6 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2397..


(ii) At The Canberra Hospital (including Aged Care and Rehabilitation and Capital Region Cancer Service) at the end of May 2008 there were:

(a) 348 acute care overnight medical and surgical beds, (b) 187 acute medical beds including 49 renal and endocrinology chairs, (c) 161 acute surgical beds, (d) 34 dedicated orthopaedic beds (included within the 161 surgical beds), however orthopaedic patients are also appropriately located in beds in the day surgery, extended day surgery and paediatric surgery wards; and (e) 36 rehabilitation beds under the management of the Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service.

(3) (a) On 20 May 2008 the only Calvary ward that was intentionally not fully utilised was 4E. The unused capacity in this ward provides Calvary with the opportunity to 'flex-up' or 'flex-down' in response to sudden surges in patient numbers

(b) Across the TCH campus there is some small bed capacity available within current wards (14B, L7A, L6B, PSU, L6A, Cardiology and 11B). Most of this capacity will be commissioned as part of the Government's additional funding for 25 more beds in 2008-09.

(4) No. Patients admitted to public hospitals are not required to declare whether they have private health insurance. However, patients are required to make an election to be admitted as a public or private patient.

Children—protection

(Question No 2055)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Children and Young People, upon notice, on 6 May 2008:

(1) What interagency agreements are in place to guide comprehensive interagency intervention for child sexual assaults, with all key agencies including the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, ACT Policing, ACT Health, the Chief Minister's Department, the Department of Justice and Community Safety, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Department of Education and Training, the Office of the Public Advocate and other relevant departments;

(2) Can the Minister provide evidence that the ACT has kept accurate data and assigned clear methodology to the collection of child abuse data, given that in 2004 the Community Advocate was provided with statistics that showed 480 children reported sexual assault over a two year period in the ACT;

(3) What clear mechanism, definitions and statistical methods have been initiated to identify and expose the claim that child sexual abuse mainly occurs in the family;

(4) How is "family"defined consistently across the ACT and is there a Territory database on which each agency can enter consistent data and clear definitions to ensure effective service delivery; if not, why not;

(5) In regard to child protection, how does the ACT Government ensure the term "unsubstantiated"does not obfuscate misconduct by public officials, for example, incompetence, negligence, corruption and maladministration.

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


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