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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 314..


77% of these young males aged between 12 -18 years accessing treatment for illicit drug use, identified cannabis as their principle drug of concern. A further 11% indicated heroin and 10% indicated psycho-stimulants as their principle drug of concern.

52% of young women in the ACT aged between 12-18 years accessing treatment for illicit drug use identified cannabis as their principle drug of concern. A further 23% reported heroin and 23% reported psycho-stimulants as their principle drug of concern.

(3) The ACT Government funds eleven non-government alcohol and drug agencies in the ACT to provide services including information and education, counselling, withdrawal, and rehabilitation to people in the ACT with a substance abuse problem. Of these eleven agencies ten provide services to men, with one service specifically targeting youth 14-18 years.

(4) Nine peer drug education projects have been funded under a joint initiative of ACT Health and ACT Department of Education and Training. The projects have been implemented in primary and secondary schools across ACT government, non-government and independent sectors.

The projects aim is to promote education and prevention of drug and alcohol issues and minimising the harm to children and young people in the ACT. The initiative will strengthen peer education and student voice within schools to enhance drug education

Canberra Hospital-helicopter use

(Question No 833)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 14 December 2005:

(1) Was a helicopter used to move (a) furniture at The Canberra Hospital during December 2005; if so, what were the reasons for using a helicopter, (b) what was the cost and (c) what other options were considered for carrying out this task;

(2) Were any calls received for use of a helicopter when this task was being undertaken.

Mr Corbell

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

(1) A helicopter was not used to move

(a) furniture at The Canberra Hospital during December 2005; Telstra engaged a helicopter to move telecommunication equipment to the top of the main building (Building 1) at The Canberra Hospital.

(b) Not applicable; and

(c) Not applicable.

(2) No calls were received regarding the use of this helicopter when the task was being undertaken.


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