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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4377 ..


c) The prospective IEC students are assessed by the home school and the results forwarded to the IEC for consideration. The home school is then contacted and advised of the possibility of placement.

d) The home school contact the family and agree on a suitable time for an interview at the IEC. Students may be further assessed by the IEC to confirm their level of English language proficiency and the suitability of an IEC placement.

e) A final decision for placement in the IEC is made in consultation with the student, parents/ carers and the home school.

(4) There are currently five IECs with transport to the centres provided by Transport Canberra through the Special Needs Transport (SNT) service. The centres are:

a) North Ainslie Primary School (NPIEC);

b) Charnwood-Dunlop School (BPIEC);

c) Hughes Primary School (SPIEC);

d) Palmerston District Primary School (GPIEC); and

e) Wanniassa Hills Primary School (TPIEC).

Student numbers tend to fluctuate depending on the intake of refugees into Australia. The decision to provide transport for IEC students rests with the Education Directorate, with eligible student details provided to Transport Canberra to arrange transport as required.

In 2017 a total of 118 IEC students accessed transport services. Some of the students carried over from 2016, some carried over to 2018, depending on their learning capabilities. In 2018 a total of 95 students have used the service, with 53 currently accessing transport and 42 students having exited throughout the year. Students are normally transported on the SNT buses but may be transported by taxi dependant on bus capacity.

Funding for transport of IEC students is provided within the SNT Budget.

Hospitals—nurse to patient ratios (Question No 1727)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

What is the optimum ratio of nurses to patients and what was the actual ratio of nurses to patients as at 1 July 2018 for (a) Ward 10A of the Canberra Hospital (TCH), (b) Ward 9B of TCH, (c) Ward 6B of TCH, (d) Ward 5A of TCH, (e) Ward 5B of TCH, (f) Perioperative Nursing Services at TCH, (g) Ward 9B of TCH, (h) Ward 6A of TCH, (i) Ward 7A of TCH, (j) Ward 7B of TCH, (k) Ward 8B of TCH, (l) the Coronary Care Unit of TCH, (m) the Gastroenterology and Hepatitis Unit, (n) the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC) antenatal unit, (o) the CHWC postnatal unit, (p) the


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