Page 969 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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The recently opened early pregnancy unit, antenatal ward, gynaecology ward and clinical administration spaces have all been completed. With the completion of these services, the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children expansion project is continuing to meet the increasing demand for maternity, gynaecological, paediatric and neonatal healthcare services across the territory and surrounding region.

The midwife-led maternity assessment unit has now doubled its capacity to eight bed spaces and has been relocated to be closer to the birthing unit, improving service efficiencies for women in need of pregnancy-related assessments. So far, the new MAU has seen over 2,000 presentations since it opened in 2022 and averages 23 presentations each day. The new model of care for the maternity unit is a 24-hour, seven day a week service and a triage-based system to ensure that women get the right service at the right time. The new unit includes upgraded equipment and infrastructure and the employment of an additional eight full-time equivalent midwives to support the new model.

The gynaecology day unit provides a dedicate procedure suite for adolescents and adult women who require gynaecological treatment. The new suite is equipped with facilities to provide the sensitive, person-centred care each patient needs when they are feeling particularly vulnerable. Coming up in 2023, as part of the $50 million Centenary Hospital expansion, we will have the new postnatal ward, the new adolescent unit, the new adolescent mental health day service and the new special care nursery beds and family support area.

Roads—maintenance

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, residents have spoken to me about the poor communication and lengthy delays they have experienced while going through the pothole compensation claims process for damage to their vehicle. In 2022 what was the average number of days it took to complete a pothole compensation claim case?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I think she realises that this is the subject of a private member’s debate this afternoon; she already has that information and has already referred to it in the motion. I will refer her to that information that I have already provided to her.

MS LAWDER: Minister, how many applications were made for pothole-related compensation claims in the last calendar year, up to 31 December 2022, and what was the average number of days it took to complete the compensation claims?

MR STEEL: That is a very specific question, so I will take that on notice and provide that information.

MR CAIN: Minister, of these applications, how many successfully received compensation?

MR STEEL: I will take that on notice. It depends on how long the claims needed to be assessed for, so I will have to check that information and see what information I can provide about how many have been assessed to date.


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