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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (18 March) . . Page.. 1077..


MR DOSZPOT (continuing):

based on the level of service demand experienced by ACT disability, aged and carer advocacy service.

Recommendation 6: the committee recommends that Housing ACT provide more information in future annual reports about the success or otherwise of evictions and conditional orders and more information about the strategies used to assist tenants who are experiencing problems.

Recommendation 7: the committee recommends that ACT Health enhance the RADAR program for the elderly to reduce the number of presentations to the emergency departments and to ease the stress on elderly patients by avoiding an unnecessary emergency department presentation.

And recommendation 8: the committee recommends that ACT Health, in the external scrutiny section of its annual report, provide more accurate reporting on relevant inquiries by Legislative Assembly committees concerning the operation of the agency and information on the implementation of Assembly committee recommendations that have been accepted by the government of the day.

On behalf of the committee I would like to thank ministers, departmental officials and agency representatives for their time and cooperation during the annual report hearings. I would like also to thank the members of the committee, Ms Bresnan and Ms Porter, for the professional manner that was adopted during the hearings and for the sharing of views in the final deliberations and the recommendations.

In particular, I would like to pass on my personal thanks, as well as the thanks of all the members of the committee, to the committee secretary, Ms Grace Concannon, for her advice, support and contribution to the report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 10 December 2009, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (10.15): The opposition will be supporting this legislation today and is, indeed, pleased to do so. The legislation updates the Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997 in the wake of various general practice clinic closures and amalgamations and provides for improved consumer protections and access to health records. I note that this bill is being brought forward as a result of recommendations made by the GP task force, the task force which was, I note, only instigated after much pressure from the opposition and from the community.


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