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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2930..

(1) The cost per annum relates mainly to the allocation to salaries and wages for the midwives who facilitate the education sessions. The costs identified in this answer are only for the Pregnancy to Parenting Series and does not include Caeserean Education Sessions, Antenatal Breastfeeding Sessions, Canberra Midwifery Program Antenatal Education or Continuity at Canberra Hospital Antenatal Education sessions.

Salaries and wages per annum are approximately $152,769 Staff training in Antenatal Education facilitation $ 4,000 Material resources $ 4,420

(2) The woman is the client who is booked into the session through the ACT Patient Administration System (ACTPAS). All women are offered to bring along their significant support person or persons (being their partner, mother or other). It is just the woman who is booked into ACTPAS; therefore the couple is counted as one unit. In the 2011 calendar year, 711 women attended the program.

(3) There have been no changes to the scope; however some changes made to the accessibility of the program due to the increase in birth numbers at Canberra Hospital. The changes have been to include an extra evening a week for the five week program and to also have an extra one day session in a month.

(4) As part of the Health Directorate's commitment to free antenatal care for women, there is no cost charged to the people accessing this program.

Health Directorate—peer support programs (Question No 2240)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 2 May 2012:

How much funding does ACT Health provide per annum for peer support programs in the (a) drug and alcohol and (b) mental health areas and who receives that funding and how much does each organisation receive.

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

The Health Directorate provides funds totalling:

(a) $103,789 annually for Alcohol and Other Drug peer support programs. This includes funding for the following organisations:

1. $103,789 - Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)

(b) $1,439,510 annually for Mental Health peer support programs. This includes funding for:

1. $32,054 - Majura Women's Group;

2. $32,054 - Brindabella Women's Group;

3. $389,493 - Mental Health Foundation "Rainbow";

4. $160,453 - GROW;

5. $349,671 - Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT);

6. $303,106 - ACT Mental Health Consumer Network* (MHCN); and

7. $172,679 - Volunteering ACT - Connections Program*.

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