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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hinder.

MR HINDER: Minister, can you update the Assembly on the expanded stroke service care that was funded in the most recent budget?

MR CORBELL: I am very pleased to talk about the expansion to better stroke care. Stroke, as members would know, is actually one of the three largest causes of death and the leading cause of disability amongst the Australian population. It can be a catastrophic event for far too many individuals and families in our community. That is why the government is investing $5 million to improve stroke care here in Canberra and, in particular, to provide more people with the opportunity to rehabilitate after experiencing a stroke.

What this will involve is a new clot breakdown treatment and earlier intervention for stroke sufferers. This will mean that across the day, over the 24-hour period, there is greater capacity for four more specialised clinical staff to carry out faster assessments of people's strokes and then undertake clot retrieval activity using interventional radiology services at the Canberra Hospital.

What this means is that more people can see the impact of their stroke reversed. We know that early intervention and clot retrieval and removal can make a real difference and see many people make a full recovery, or a much better recovery than they would otherwise have. This is a much-needed enhancement of acute stroke services in the territory.

We are one of the first jurisdictions nationally to be investing in this service. What it means is that more Canberrans who suffer a stroke will be able to get access to the earlier intervention clot retrieval and removal technology that is needed so that they can rehabilitate and have a better quality of life. (Time expired.)

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 47

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Corrections, Minister for Education, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Road Safety), by leave: Earlier today the Standing Committee on JACS tabled scrutiny report 47. As was noted during this morning's discussion, there was a robust exchange between me and the committee. I feel comfortable having a robust conversation with the committee because I respect the work of the committee and I feel it is a very important forum to test concepts and content in legislation. The scrutiny committee is an important mechanism in this place to ensure that details in legislation are resolved. While I had no intention to offend the committee, on reflection I feel my letter might have been better drafted. I specifically wish to withdraw the use of the word "misleading" in the last paragraph of my letter.

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