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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2241..

Health service needs and health service delivery requirements vary across sites with differing health needs within the adult and youth populations. Health service provision is tailored according to the needs of detainees at each site. Belconnen Remand Centre has the highest demand for primary, secondary and tertiary health service provision with Symonston Temporary Remand Centre having fewer needs and the Quamby Youth Detention Centre having the least requirement for secondary and tertiary health care but higher primary health care needs than the adult facilities.

Health service provision is currently structured to meet the need to provide pre-court dosing of pharmacotherapies and other medications at Belconnen Remand Centre at 8.00 am and induction assessments at this site at 6.30 pm.


(Question No 1459)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) Where is the Government up to in implementing the recommendations of the drug taskforce;

(2) How much of the $250 000 allocated this financial year towards this objective has been expended;

(3) What recommendations (a) have been implemented and (b) are still to be implemented.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

1) In December 2003, the Government announced it had made available $250,000 this financial year to support the implementation of a number of high priority actions identified in the ACT Alcohol and other Drug Taskforce's draft ACT Alcohol and other Drug Strategy.

Methadone and Buprenorphine Program

Since December 2003, the number of methadone and buprenorphine subsidised places has been increased.

Vending machines

Needle and syringe vending machines will be established outside health centres in Belconnen, Civic, Woden and Tuggeranong in 2004 as part of a 12-month trial.

Peer based models of service delivery

The Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) are currently finalising a plan for increasing and improving support for peer-based models of service delivery, support, advocacy and community development.

Strengthening training programs

ACT Health have agreed to fund a proposal from the Coalition of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies in the ACT (CADAACT) to support conference attendance of staff from non-government agencies throughout 2004.

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