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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5225 ..


year, and has significant resourcing to provide eye casualty services, including weekends. This allows people who otherwise cannot access services to be seen by a tertiary service where applicable.

(5)

(a) Not applicable. These are provided in the community. Department of Ophthalmology is working to enhance the relationship between community-based services and specialist services.

(b) ACT Health is developing a Service Specialty Plan and Business Plan for Ophthalmology.

(6) Intraocular lens replacement, vitreoretinal surgery, oculoplastic surgery, corneal transplant surgery, glaucoma surgery, retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment, trauma eye surgery.

(7) Waiting lists are as per table:

ACT Public Elective Surgery Waiting List Ophthalmology Ready for Care Patients as at 26/10/2018 Canberra Health Services Calvary Public Hospital Bruce Total Category 1 2 1 3 Category 2 11 46 57 Category 3 1 735 736 Total 14 782 796

(8) Demand continues to increase. The below table demonstrates growth in activity.

2016-2017 Additions to the list Operations Removed administrative reasons CHS 148 126 12 CPHB 1568 1374 169 2017-2018 Additions to the list Operations Removed administrative reasons CHS 118 126 5 CPHB 1606 1411 146

(9) ACT Health has more than sufficient resources to meet current and predicted demand within its scope of services. It has already demonstrated in 2017-18 through the extra surgery initiative the ability to flex up within current resources considerably due to the high efficiency and throughput of the current services. ACT Health is currently looking at what further surgical service scope could possibly be added. The Ophthalmology department has developed a workforce plan into the future, to maintain current services, and enhance scope of services available as demand increases.

(10) Not Applicable. Refer to Question 9.

(11) Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist is developing and ACT Health is in the process of exploring co-shared services between GPs, Optometrists, and tertiary services, with the increasing movement of screening services to the community. This is enabled by the enhanced screening technology now increasingly available in optometrist practices; where traditionally they were only available in public hospitals, and private ophthalmologists rooms; this aids in screening and identification of patients with chronic or acute eye problems. Optometry visits are covered under Medicare. This is taking a large burden of unnecessary appointments away from the Eye clinic, as attendance at optometrists, provide the necessary screening tools, to indicate that specialist eye services are not


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