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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (18 August) . . Page.. 3513..


MS BURCH: It seems to me—I am not going to win this argument—that the Oakton report now is in the public domain—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, I just asked you.

MS BURCH: That is what they were seeking and that is what they got.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker, Minister, did you comply with the cabinet handbook in releasing this document?

MS BURCH: Look, it is in the public domain and all the requirements that needed to be dealt with were dealt with.

Health—nurse-led walk-in centre

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, today you have released the independent evaluation of the nation's first public nurse-led walk-in centre. Can you please provide an outline of what this report said?

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Dr Bourke, for your interest in this very important public health service that is offered.

Mr Seselja: Thirty per cent utilisation.

MS GALLAGHER: I will get to Mr Seselja's comments later.

Mr Seselja: You're not meant to respond to interjections.

MS GALLAGHER: I know; it is disorderly to interject and then it is almost as disorderly to respond to them. So I will try. Perhaps you could stop trying to encourage me.

On the issue of the nurse-led walk-in centre, we have released the independent evaluation today. Overall, I think it shows that the walk-in centre has been very successful in its first year. Over 14,000 patients have presented to the walk-in centre. About 63 per cent of these have been able to have their treatment closed at the walk-in centre. It also shows that it has filled a need in the community, obviously, with that level of presentations; that it has improved access overall to primary healthcare services; that staff were able to deliver high-quality care and, importantly, safe quality care, which was an issue that had been raised as a concern in the lead-up to opening this; and that, overall, the service is having positive impacts for consumers and practitioners across the territory.


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