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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 3 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1272..


(2) Yes, all patients including diabetic patients are offered a range of support including support from social workers and a rehabilitation counsellor.

(3) The waiting time for prosthetics depends on the clinical needs of the client and how the stump and wound has healed after the amputation. Healing may take six to eight weeks after the amputation. Inpatients are seen within two days of referral. Community clients are triaged as described below:

Category 2A (urgent) community clients are offered an appointment within two days of referral.

Category 2 (high priority) community clients are offered an appointment within two weeks of referral. Clients in this category are able to function at their normal level but may lose that function without professional intervention.

Category 3 (routine priority) for clients who may require modification and or new prosthesis are placed on the waiting list and may wait up to 10 weeks after referral. Clients in this category are able to function normally and are in no imminent danger of loss of that function.

(4) There are four fully qualified prosthetists on staff. Each year a fourth year university student is offered an eight week clinical placement however this does not contribute to the service capacity. Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service also have a team of skilled support staff and technicians who support the prosthetists.

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (Question No 1567)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 February 2011:

(1) How many full-time equivalent staff are employed in the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (CATT) in ACT Health to respond to crisis incidents.

(2) When responding to a crisis incident in person, as opposed to over the phone, do CATT staff have defined time limits within which they are required to resolve the incident; if so, what are those time limits.

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

1. There are 24.07 full time equivalent (FTE) staff members in CATT.

2. CATT utilises a triage rating scale that allocates a time frame in which a consumer will be seen or referred on following contact. The allocation of the response category is based on the urgency of the response required from the presenting problem.

The categories of response are:

A Emergency services response Current actions endangering self or others IMMEDIATE REFERRAL CRISIS B Crisis mental health response Very high risk of imminent harm to self or others WITHIN 2 HOURS CRISIS


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