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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2938..


(1) What is the total cost per annum to ACT Health for providing meals to patients at The Canberra Hospital.

(2) Approximately how many meals are provided per annum.

(3) Can the Minister provide any brochures for patients regarding the meals.

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

(1) The total cost for the provision of patient meals and mid meals (which include morning and afternoon tea and supper) at the Canberra Hospital is $6,795,455 per annum, based on the 2010/11 financial year.

(2) 862,216 patient meals were provided at the Canberra Hospital in the financial year 2010/11.

(3) Canberra Hospital Meal Service Pamphlet attached. (April 2012)

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

Health Directorate—veterans' liaison office (Question No 2247)

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

(1) How many full-time equivalent staff are employed in ACT Health's Veterans' Liaison Office.

(2) What type of staff are employed in that office, that is, nurses, administrative staff.

(3) What is the (a) level of demand and (b) waiting time, for that service.

(4) What is the cost per annum to ACT Health for the provision of this service.

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

(1) There are two full-time equivalent (FTE) staff employed within the Veterans' Liaison Office.

(2) The staff employed are 1 x Registered Nurse (RN) Level 2 and 1 x RN Level 1 with no additional administrative staff employed in the office.

(3) This service is primarily provided to inpatients.

a) Level of demand is dependent on the number of Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) card holders who are inpatients of Canberra Hospital. For a two week period in April 2012 there was an average of 24 inpatient DVA card holders. During this same period there were 42 new DVA card holder admissions and 59 DVA card holder day patient presentations to Canberra Hospital.

b) There are no waiting times to access this service.


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