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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (1 November) . . Page.. 4721 ..


Answers to questions

Health—medical research (Question No 1720)

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

(1) How many staff in the Minister's (a) office and (b) Directorate will be working on medical and health research related issues.

(2) How many officers in the Canberra Hospital and Health Services will be working on medical and health research related issues.

(3) Will all staff working on medical and health research be (a) suitably skilled in conducting research; if no or not necessarily, why and (b) appropriately qualified in the medical and health fields; if no or not necessarily, why.

(4) What is the 2018-19 budget for medical and health research and how will that budget be funded; if it is to be funded from existing resources, what other areas of health will be impacted; if it is an expense initiative, where can the details be found in Budget Paper No 3.

(5) Where will the portfolio be accommodated after the Health Directorate is split.

(6) What relationship will medical and health research have with the National Health and Medical Research Council.

(7) How will any overlapping work be identified and managed.

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

(1)(a) The Minister's Office has four staff providing advice on a range of issues relating to her portfolio responsibilities, including medical and health research.

(b) This is unable to be quantified as research is an integral part of the health service. All staff (medical and administrative) may be involved in some form of research related to medical and health related issues at any point in time. The main resource for the Health and Medical Research Ministry is located in the Health Directorate with the Office of Research.

(2) This is unable to be quantified as research is an integral part of the health service. All staff (medical and administrative) may be involved in some form of research related to medical and health related issues at any point in time. The main resource for the Health and Medical Research Ministry is located in the ACT Health Directorate with the Office of Research.

(3)(a) The Office of Research will ensuring appropriately skilled staff are part of research teams to deliver high quality research.

(b) Research teams focused on clinical questions will require an appropriately qualified staff in the relevant medical or health field.

(4) The 2018-19 budget for the Office of Research is funded from existing resources.


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