Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 20 October 2022) . . Page.. 3516 ..
the ACT. CHS is undertaking a co-design process to ensure that initiatives are tailored for the CHS environment and foster early engagement. Active staff participation in the design and implementation of health and wellbeing initiatives will increase access/uptake of the supports on offer and help normalise support seeking behaviours.
In October 2022, during National Mental Health Month, CHS is focusing on normalising help seeking behaviour and communicating the supports and services available for staff. The staff health and wellbeing pages on the CHS intranet are being updated to make access to information easier and to promote help seeking behaviours. The Staff Health and Wellbeing Strategy is being renewed, with the draft strategy due for staff consultation in early December.
3) Staff have always had access to trauma support through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This service is currently provided by Converge International and is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Urgent phone appointments to the EAP can be arranged within 20 minutes. Appointments can be arranged for in-person, by phone or virtual attendance.
Alternative supports are also available and promoted for staff to access 24 hours a day and 365 days a year including Lifeline and Access Mental Health. CHS are committed to improving trauma support by making access to support services as easy as possible and by normalising help seeking behaviours.
Health—National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
(Question No 904)
Ms Castley asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 September 2022:
(1) In relation to the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit (GEHU), how many referrals that have come through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and assessed by a general practitioner (GP) as urgent have been seen within the clinically recommended time.
(2) What is the agreement with the federal government about wait times for referrals that have come through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and assessed by a GP as urgent have been seen within the clinically recommended time, that is, how quickly are these patients supposed to be seen.
(3) How many consultants are up to date with triaging, and/or with no referrals awaiting triage dated more than six months ago.
(4) Are faxed referrals still being used.
(5) Do referring GPs get any automatic updates as to the progress of the referral and any further information required and how has this changed since the 2015 Auditor-General’s report (page 43).
(6) Have all recommendations from the 2015 Auditor-General’s report into the GEHU been implemented.
Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
1) From 1 January 2021 to 30 September 2022 the Gastroenterology and Hepatology