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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (30 November) . .

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c) The invoice from Everlight Radiology Limited was raised on 31 July 2017, and due for payment by 18 August 2017. The invoice was received by Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) on 4 August 2017, processed and sent to Shared Services for processing on 16 August 2017. CHHS received a reminder email, and followed up with Shared Services who advised they had not received the invoice. The invoice was resent to Shared Services on 22 August 2017 and was processed.

d) The invoices from KPMG required further clarification of the actual dates worked onsite by the consultant in the month of April, delaying payment.

e) The invoices from KPMG required further clarification of the actual dates worked onsite by the consultant in the month of April, delaying payment.

Health—illicit drugs (Question No 779)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 27 October 2017:

How many people reported to hospitals in the ACT during 2016 for overdoses of (a) benzodiazepines, (b) pharmaceutical opioids, (c) heroin, (d) methamphetamines, (e) party drugs such as MDMA and (f) other drugs.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. 323 patients presented to ACT Emergency Departments during 2016 which were classified as drug overdoses of the kinds requested.

Emergency Department Patient data only collects one diagnosis code for each patient, therefore a breakdown by type of drug is not available

The data on patients admitted to hospital and discharged in 2016 that may have been admitted for drug overdose but classified as 'poisoning' as a result of these drugs are:

(a) 120 episodes of care for patients with 'poisoning by benzodiazepines';

(b) 166 episodes of care for patients with 'poisoning by pharmaceutical opioids';

(c) 10 episodes of care for patients with 'poisoning by heroin';

(d) nine episodes of care for patients with 'poisoning by methamphetamines';

(e) 12 episodes of care for patients with poisoning by party drugs such as MDMA; and

(f) other drugs - unknown as the definition is too broad.

'Emergency Department Patients' and 'Admitted Patients' have separate classifications for reporting purposes as they are different patient cohorts. Therefore, the two datasets cannot be compared.

Health—illicit drugs (Question No 780)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 27 October 2017:


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