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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 3 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1271..

Public service—annual leave (Question No 1560)

Mrs Dunne asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 16 February 2011:

(1) What is the policy of the Legal Aid Commission (ACT) as to the quantum of annual leave that staff can accumulate before being encouraged to take leave.

(2) Do staff lose annual leave entitlements if they do not take leave; if so, what are the policy rules that apply in that circumstance.

(3) What was the quantum of annual leave liability as at 31 December 2010 in both (a) hours and (b) dollars.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Legal Aid Commission (ACT)'s policy and rules in relation to annual leave is outlined in the Legal Aid Commission (ACT) Union Collective Agreement 2007-2010 (Section N67, Annual Leave), available on the ACTPS Shared Services website at:

(2) Staff do not lose their annual leave entitlements if they do not take leave.

(3) a) 8,424.57 hours

b) $358,441.84

Note: given that substantial holiday leave is taken in January each year, these amounts would likely be considerably lower by the end of February 2011.

Canberra Hospital—amputee and prosthetic services (Question No 1563)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 February 2011:

(1) In relation to amputee and prosthetic services at The Canberra Hospital, what counselling services are available to patients who require an amputation, pre and post operation.

(2) Do diabetes patients who require an amputation have associated counselling services.

(3) What is the waiting time for people requiring prosthetics.

(4) How many prosthetists are on staff, including trainees and/or interns.

Ms Gallagher: I am advised that the answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Patients requiring amputation may be counselled preamputation by their surgeon, a Consultant in Rehabilitation medicine, their registrar, the Rehabilitation Care Coordinators and/or any of the prosthetists from Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service Prosthetics and Orthotics services. Social Workers are also available to provide support pre and post operation.

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