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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .

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

The overall cost of the project from commencement in January 2014 to completion in 30 December 2016 will be $450,000.

(1) The project has cost $362,500 to date.

(2) Stage four of the research is currently being undertaken and involves:

      •     Interviews with people with lived experience of suicide including people who have survived a suicide attempt, those people who have had family members or other close people who have died by suicide.

      •     Interviews with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who have lost loved ones or close friends to suicide.

(3) The project was extended to provide sufficient time for interviewing people with lived experience of suicide and in particular Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. Interviews of this nature are complex and require regard for the care and support for both the interviewees and the interviewer. This is critically important in the light of interviewees potentially re-experiencing previous trauma, or for the interviewer, a potential for being subject to vicarious trauma through the listening and recording of the experiences of people with the lived experience.

This has required more time than originally estimated.

Health—scholarships (Question No 745)

Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 2 May 2016:

Further to the answer to Question No. 622 which advised that $349 000 was allocated in the 2015-2016 financial year for the scholarships awarded for postgraduate nursing in Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services, how much was spent on each scholarship in 2015-2016 and what criteria are used to select the courses in the postgraduate scholarship program, including for those courses offered interstate.

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

In reference to QON 622, ACT Health has advised that there was an error in responding to the request for the budget figure for Mental Health Nursing scholarships for

2015-16. The correct budget allocation is $283,000.

The ACT Health scholarships for Mental Health nursing have principally been established to address workforce recruitment needs and support Registered Nurses working in the sector. Criteria followed is that the course must be relevant to the nurses place of work.

Scholarships vary from $704 to $12,500. 52 scholarships have been awarded, where the minimum amount awarded was $704 and the maximum amount was $12,500.

The summary of scholarship values in 2015-2016 are:


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