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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008-2009 Week 1 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 19..


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Health—chiropractic services

The response read as follows:

In March 2008, ACT Health received a submission from the Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA) (ACT Branch) to pilot a project to investigate publicly provided chiropractic services in the ACT.

In response to this, ACT Health is conducting a detailed and objective assessment of the proposal. This assessment will be conducted in two parts. Firstly, a literature review will be performed by an independent research organisation to investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of chiropractors working in the public health sector. Secondly, an expert panel will be formed by ACT Health to examine the literature review findings and to assess the proposal by CAA, using key performance indicators and considering the findings in an ACT context.

The Centre for Allied Health Evidence (CAHE) has been engaged to undertake the literature review. The review will primarily aim to examine two issues:

    • The effectiveness and safety of chiropractic treatment for specific diagnoses (with reference to the public health system in particular), and
    • Treatment outcomes for chiropractors compared with those of doctors, physiotherapists and other allied health practitioners.

A detailed report on findings by CAHE will be provided to ACT Health in the near future. At that time the expert panel will be convened to provide a critical analysis of findings in an ACT context and determine whether publicly-funded chiropractic services would be feasible and desirable in the ACT.

By Mr Barr, Minister for Planning, dated 23 September 2008, in response to a petition lodged by Mrs Burke (Sixth Assembly) on 6 August 2008 concerning planning in Gungahlin.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Planning—Gungahlin

The response read as follows:

Response for tabling to petition lodged on 6 August 2008 by Mrs Burke MLA, in relation to the planning and development of Gungahlin

The ACT Government is actively increasing commercial development and employment in Gungahlin. The ACT Government has already located some of its staff in Gungahlin. Chief Minister Jon Stanhope opened the ACTTAB Head Office in Gungahlin in July 2007 as an investment in the economy and community of Gungahlin.


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