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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 3025..


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

(1) The Health Directorate provides Calvary Public Hospital with a funding envelope each financial year to provide all public hospital services. The structure of this funding is not broken down to identify the amount granted to provide Lymphoedema services.

(2) Because the Health Directorate provides Calvary with a funding envelope to provide these services, the anticipated cost is not known.

(3) Lymphoedema services are provided free of charge from the public health facilities (Calvary Health Care ACT and the ACT Health Directorate). Compression garments, however, are charged to the patients. Eligible patients may receive their garments free of charge through the ACT Equipment Scheme (ACTES). The costs of these garments start at around $42 per item.

Patients with private health insurance covering extras may receive a partial rebate after the payment has been made either to the hospital or directly to the supplier.

Health—orthopaedic surgeons (Question No 2347)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 9 May 2012:

(1) How many orthopaedic surgeons are practising in the ACT in the (a) public and (b) private sectors.

(2) What are the conditions governing the registration of orthopaedic surgeons in the ACT.

(3) What is the situation regarding the registration of podiatric surgeons in the ACT.

(4) Does the Government intend to accept and encourage the development of specialist podiatric surgeons in the ACT; if not, why not.

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

(1)

a. There are 16 Orthopaedic surgeons practicing publicly in the ACT; and

b. The Health Directorate does not collect data on doctors practicing in the private health system.

(2) The registration of Orthopaedic surgeons in the ACT is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Any conditions relating to the registration of Orthopaedic Surgeons are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009.

(3) The registration of Podiatric Surgeons in the ACT is undertaken by AHPRA. Any conditions relating to the registration of Podiatric surgeons are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009.


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