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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4955..


Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Smyth's question is:

(1) The number of adoptions processed in the ACT is as follows:

Intercountry adoptions finalised in the ACT

Relative Adoptions

Local Adoptions

2000-2001

18

7

2

2001-2002

9

11

3

2002-2003

17

7

2

2003-2004 (to date)

4

0

1

(2) Yes, same sex couples have contacted the government interested in adopting children, however, there are no specific statistics kept because those couples are advised that the current legislation would not allow them to apply.

(3) On average adoption takes 2-3 years in the ACT, however, the time taken varies according to circumstances and can be shorter or longer.

Hospitals-cost weighted separations

(Question No 1115)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to page 16 of the 2002-03 Health Annual Report which notes the following raw inpatient separations at Canberra and Calvary Public Hospitals. What are the figures for the hospitals for these years stated as cost weighted separations (using National Public Hospital Weights version 5):

Inpatient Separations

2001-02

2002-03

Percentage

Growth

The Canberra Hospital

48 673

49 683

2.6%

Calvary Public Hospital

13 008

13 412

3.0%

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

Cost weighted

Inpatient Separations

2001-02

2002-03

Percentage

Change

The Canberra Hospital

48 960.62

48 679.05

-0.6%

Calvary Public Hospital

15 787.65

14 817.70

-6.6%

The reduction in cost-weighted separations achieved in 2002-03 compared to 2001-02 was a result of reduced surgical activity at Calvary.

Targets for surgical activity at Calvary in 2002-03 were reduced following the significant increase in medical services demand and the exhaustion of additional funding available under the Critical and Urgent Treatment Scheme (CUTS), provided by the Commonwealth.

Some funding ($0.5m) was diverted from medical services to surgical services in late 2002-03 as a result in less than anticipated growth in medical demand.


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