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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (14 May) . .

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Answers to questions

Health—Lyme disease (Question No 382)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 March 2015:

Noting the progress report on Lyme disease in Australia by the Australian Government's Chief Medical Officer dated 31 July 2014 which recognises that there are patients suffering from a Lyme-like syndrome in Australia and stating the federal Department of Health will maintain an interest in Australian Lyme disease-like syndrome and act as a point of contact within Australian Government for state and territory authorities, how is the ACT Government (a) consulting with the Australian Government on monitoring Lyme disease, (b) managing patients suffering from Lyme-like syndrome and (c) providing current information on Lyme-like syndrome.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(a) Since July 2014, the Australian Government has been monitoring Lyme disease, in consultation with the states and territories, through the Communicable Diseases Network Australia. Before July 2014, the Australian Government's Chief Medical Officer had established a Clinical Advisory Committee on Lyme Disease (CACLD) to provide advice on the evidence for Lyme disease in Australia, diagnostic testing, treatment and research requirements. Although the CACLD ceased in July 2014, the outcome of its four meetings is available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-cacld-lyme-disease.htm#consultations

(b) The ACT Government agrees with the position of the Australian Government Department of Health on Lyme Disease, which is that doctors must always use their best clinical judgement as to the cause of any illness their patients may be experiencing and act accordingly.

(c) The Australian Government Department of Health maintains an interest in an Australian Lyme disease-like syndrome. Updates on the department's work and relevant research findings on Australian Lyme disease-like syndrome are available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-lyme-disease.htm.

ACT Policing—failed prosecutions (Question No 389)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 24 March 2015:

How much has ACT Policing spent on costs awarded against them for failed prosecutions in the (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 calendar years.


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