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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 5227..


(5) Output Class 1: Justice Services had GPO funding available mainly due to delays in the Working with Vulnerable People Checks ($0.540m) and one off increases in own source revenue and underspends within Output Class 1.

(6) See item 5 above.

Health—expenditure (Question No 1782)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 20 September 2011:

(1) In relation to the 2011-12 Budget, Health Directorate Output Class 1.3, what is the total amount budgeted for monitoring the health of the ACT population services for the financial years (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

(2) Can the Minister list the programs that are provided for under the budget for monitoring the health of the ACT population.

(3) What is the total amount budgeted for disease prevention for the financial years (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

(4) Can the Minister list the programs that are provided for under the budget for disease prevention.

(5) What is the total amount budgeted for health promotion for the financial years (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c) 2013-14 and (d) 2014-15.

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

(1) In 2011-12 $19.300m was the total amount budgeted for the Epidemiology Branch and the Health Protection Service (HPS), within the Health Directorate. It is to be noted that the health of the ACT Population is monitored in a number of ways, not all of which are through the Health Directorate, for example, statistics on the health of ACT residents are also gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Additionally, work undertaken by HPS is not exclusively related to monitoring the health of the population.

(a - d) The Health Directorate does not budget down to program level beyond the current financial year and therefore is unable to confirm the budgets at this level for 2012-13, 2013 14 and 2014-15.

(2) The Health Directorate has two areas within the Population Health Division that are primarily responsible for monitoring health of the ACT population. These are the Epidemiology Branch and the Health Protection Service. The Epidemiology Branch collects, analyses and disseminates information on the health status and health-related behaviours of the ACT population. This information is used to monitor, evaluate and guide health planning and policy. It provides advice and assistance for research and evaluation activities across the health portfolio and broader research community. The Health Protection Service (HPS) manages risks and implements strategies for the prevention of, and timely response to, public health events. This is achieved through a


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