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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2342 ..


ACT Health initiatives and funding provide support to reduce costs for cancer patients through the following activities:

a. Free cancer counselling service for any patient or their family member with a diagnosis of breast cancer;

b. Heads Up and the Cancer Council Wig Service provide lower cost wigs for patients;

c. Rise Above - Capital Region Cancer Relief (previously the Cancer Support Group) provides financial assistance to cancer patients in the ACT and Queanbeyan region. It currently assists over 900 cancer patients and spends over $600,000 per year to assist with the financial burdens of cancer care;

d. Patients have access to cancer nurse specialists who coordinate care, complete timely referrals and assist in the practical issues of reducing the financial burden of this disease; and

e. ACT Health provides low cost accommodation at Canberra Hospital and Duffy House to patients from the surrounding region who are required to travel to the ACT for cancer treatment.

f. The ACT Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (IPTAS) provides financial assistance towards costs associated with travel and commercial accommodation actually incurred. ACT IPTAS is available to permanent residents of the ACT where the access to inpatient or outpatient medical treatment and/or specialist treatment is not available in the ACT.

ACT Health—proposed organisational changes

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a question by Mrs Kikkert on Wednesday, 11 April 2018):

1. The proposal to restructure ACT Health was discussed and developed over a number of months and involved a number of phone and in-person conversations between myself and the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Noting the informal nature of some of these discussions I am unable to provide a specific date for when the matter was first discussed with me.

ACT Health—proposed organisational changes

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Wednesday, 11 April 2018):

1. I was advised that the former Director-General of ACT Health had decided to seek other opportunities following the Government's decision to move to the new structure.

The issue of executive leadership was one of a number of issues discussed between myself and the Minister for Health and Wellbeing as part of the broader considerations relating to the restructure of ACT Health.


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