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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2181..


the next 8 to 10 years. These targets however are dependent on resources and in particular availability of radiologists.

(4) BreastScreen ACT has a commitment to screening indigenous women and has recently been involved with Winnunga Nimmitija's Wellness Day Expo (March 2003). Staff have participated in cultural awareness training and conducted training sessions for Winnunga health workers on both breast and cervical screening.


The Program has brochures aimed at indigenous women informing them of the importance of breast cancer screening.


In addition, there have been discussions with the Manager of Winnunga Nimmityja to have the relocatable mammography screening machine placed in the health center once the organization has been relocated to more suitable premises. The current building would not be suitable.

(5) The two yearly participation rates for non-English speaking women aged 50-69 years is 61.23%. BreastScreen staff participate from time to time in workshops for this population group and has available brochures that promote screening in all of the major languages.


There are non-English speaking representatives on the Community Reference Group that advises both the Breast and Cervical Screening Programs about consumer issues, and the Unit will soon be undertaking sessions for non-English speaking women being run through the Carers Association ACT.

ACTION-bus drivers

(Question No 650)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

In relation to ACTION bus drivers:

(1) How many bus drivers are currently employed by ACTION.

(2) How many of these drivers were employed as a result of the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) introduced in the 2001-02 Budget.

(3) How many of the additional bus drivers employed as a result of SSTS are still working for ACTION and how many are no longer with ACTION.

(4) What happened to those drivers who were employed as a result of SSTS who are no longer working for ACTION, ie: were they given pay outs.

(5) If any staff were given pay outs what was the total of such pay outs.

(6) How much did it cost to retain these staff in (a) the 2001-02 financial year and (b) as at April 30 this financial year.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) As at 24 April 2003 ACTION employed 526 bus drivers.


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