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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 3164..


4. Various venues are available for calisthenics - the eight clubs use a range of community halls, high schools and colleges for training. Competition requires a larger facility with staging and spectator provisions - these are typically confined to Erindale or Canberra Theatre.

Health—patient safety and quality unit

(Question No 2132)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 3 July 2008:

Has the Patient Safety and Quality Unit been established; if not, why not; if so, in what way has the establishment of this unit resulted in better outcomes for ACT Health since its inception.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the Member's question is that the Patient Safety and Quality Unit (PSQU) was established in September 2006.

In general terms, the establishment of the PSQU has provided strategic leadership on improving patient outcomes, managing senior level governance arrangements, and has resulted in sharing of information gained from compressive review processes and comparisons across divisions and service streams in ACT Health. Prior to its establishment there were varied approaches to improving patient safety throughout ACT Health.

Nurses

(Question No 2133)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 3 July 2008:

(1) Does the 2006-2007 annual report of ACT Health, page 156, Section A.16 Workplace Relations outline, that under the new collective agreements, the provision for the new classifications of Assistants in Nursing (AINs) and also Client Care Officers (CCOs) and that AINs and CCOs will work within a strict competency framework and under the supervision of the health professional responsible for client management;

(2) Can the Minister advise (a) how many AINs and CCOs are currently employed and working within ACT Health, (b) when were the AINs and CCOs engaged and (c) where the AINs and CCOs are they currently deployed;

(3) How effective have these new roles been to date.

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

(1) Yes.

(2) None.

(3) Not applicable.


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