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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4428..

(10) There is no mean waiting time between contact with CATT and incidents of care being provided. All referrals go via triage and the response time is set out by Triage Categories which are based on the College of Emergency Medicine standards. There are 7 categories, and the category of response is determined by the nature of the presentation. The categories are:

* Immediate,

* Within 2 hours,

* Within 2 to 12 hours,

* Between 12 to 48 hours,

* Face to face assessment required within 14 days,

* External referral, and

* Telephone inquiry.

Health—Canberra after-hours locum medical service (Question No 1710)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 August 2011:

(1) How does the ACT Government fund the operations of the Canberra Afterhours Locum Medical Service (CALMS) clinics.

(2) What is the funding allocation to the CALMS clinics for the years 2011-12 to 2014-15.

(3) Is funding provided on an ongoing basis or for a fixed period and how often is the funding reviewed and adjusted.

(4) What factors determine the level of funding given for the operation of the CALMS clinics.

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

(1) The ACT Government Health Directorate has a Service Funding Agreement (SFA) with Canberra Afterhours Locum Medical Service for the period 1 July 2010 - 30 June 2013. Through this SFA the Health Directorate funds CALMS's services to all ACT residents.

(2) The funding for the year 2011-12 will be an amount up to approximately $1 million dollars. This figure is indexed each year by CPI.

(3) Funding for CALMS is provided for a fixed period for the life of the SFA between ACT Government Health Directorate and CALMS. Funding is reviewed and revised annually in line with CPI.

(4) ACT Government Health Directorate funds CALMS based on their operational activity in the previous quarter.

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