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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 24 November 2005) . . Page.. 4672 ..


If the Member were concerned about any particular case, the Acting Commissioner has indicated that she would be glad to receive a representation on behalf of any constituent(s) and to review any matter where there may have been a lack of adherence to the standards outlined above.

Yes there is Code of Ethics and yes it does apply to decisions made with regard to client care. It is as follows;

”Our professionalism is demonstrated when:

We exercise care, responsibility and sound judgement when carrying out our duties.

We maintain and strive to improve the skills, knowledge and competencies that are required for us to be efficient in our duties.

We always maintain a professional relationship with our clients.

We work together as a team and treat each other with respect and dignity, striving for a safe, harmonious and efficient workplace.

We provide clients and others with evidence based advice and factual explanations that we are competent and authorised to provide

We do not carry out our duties if we are under the influence of alcohol or any other drug that inhibits performance.

We act professionally at all times and strive hard to maintain a positive image of ACT Health. [source: ACT Health Code of Conduct]”

ACT Health Community Nurses are unable to provide services that are not based on a best practice framework and in the case of clients with complex care needs without a General Practitioner or treating medical officer overseeing the care plan.

Every effort is made to ensure all clients; their carers and key services providers are engaged in safe, effective, evidenced based, best practice health care. The withdrawal of services is a decision that is never made lightly but may become necessary if there is risk to staff or clients in maintaining safe and effective care to clients with complex care needs without the care plan being overseen by a medical practitioner. I can assure you that Community Health would actively participate in any review of a service to a client with complex needs however it is crucial that a General Practitioner is an active participant in the team providing the care.


Motor vehicles—home-garaged(Question No 624)

Mrs Dunne asked the Acting Minister for Economic Development and Business, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

How many cars, with ACT Government numberplates, in the Minister’s department are home-garaged every day;

How many are garaged by officers on call;

Of those which are not garaged by officers on call, (a) how many cars are there, (b) in which suburbs are they garaged and (c) in the week commencing 19 September 2005, for


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