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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4282 ..


answer yesterday but also remind them that it was one of the worst flu seasons on record in the last financial year. Emergency departments, indeed hospitals, across the country saw a significant increase in demand. As is made clear in the annual report, the performance over the course of the last financial year has not been as strong as the previous year.

MR WALL: Minister, when will you finally release the report for the September quarter of 2017?

MS FITZHARRIS: I expect to do that in the next four weeks.

Health—breast screening

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, in February 2017, radiology registrars at the Canberra Hospital raised in meetings with the Acting Chief Medical Officer concerns about the lack of breast screen training. BreastScreen ACT is not part of the network for the medical imaging department's training program. Minister, why is BreastScreen ACT not part of the network for the medical imaging department, and what is the medical imaging department doing to ensure that a breast screening network is available to trainees for rotation experience?

MS FITZHARRIS: As I recall, that issue was raised by the college in its accreditation survey of the medical imaging department earlier this year. Canberra Health Services have responded to the college on a number of the recommendations that they have made, which, from recollection, include experience for trainees in breast imaging. I look forward to getting an update, I believe in the next fortnight, from Canberra Health Services about the college's response to their report.

MS LEE: Minister, what other networks does the medical imaging department need to establish for its trainees, and what progress is being made to secure them?

MS FITZHARRIS: I recall also greater access to some regional locations, but I will take the question on notice.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, have mammograms of BreastScreen ACT been referred to interstate radiologists for reading and diagnosis and, if so, how often does this occur?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take that on notice.

Canberra Hospital—radiology department

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. In question time on 14 August you said you became aware of the serious problems in the radiology department of the Canberra Hospital during the recent radiology accreditation for training in March of this year. Concerns about the training program in the radiology department of the Canberra Hospital had been raised by senior officials of ACT Health as early as February 2017. Why did it take a year for you to become aware of the problems in the radiology department of the Canberra Hospital?


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