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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 637..

(2) How many of those positions are filled by (a) males and (b) females.

Mr Stanhope

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

(1) ACT Government staff are not required to identify themselves as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. There are currently no staff in the Chief Minister's Department above the SOG C level who have identified themselves as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

(2) The second part of the question is not applicable.

Health-breast screening services

(Question No 877)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 14 February 2006:

What programs or forms of assistance is the ACT Government offering to encourage more indigenous women to access breast screening services in the ACT.

Mr Corbell

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

BreastScreen ACT & SE NSW targets all women aged 50-69 years in the ACT, and has engaged in a number of activities to attract indigenous women in this age group to the Program. Promotional activities usually take a holistic approach to women's health and cover a range of health and well-being issues. In recent times activities have included:

  • Providing staff from Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service with promotional information about the Breast and Cervical Screening Programs.

  • Working with Winnunga Nimmityjah to arrange group bookings for indigenous women to attend BreastScreen. This occurred in June 2005 and because it was very successful, a similar process will be put in place again this year.

  • Plans to provide an Indigenous Women's Health Forum this year. This is likely to involve Winnunga Nimmityjah, Sexual Health and Family Planning, ACT Health's Women's Health Service and the Breast and Cervical Screening Programs. It will include information promoting breast screening for indigenous women.

  • Provision of material developed by BreastScreen NSW to Winnunga Nuimmiyjah that specifically targets indigenous women and encourages breastscreening for those aged 50-69 years.

The most recent BreastScreen participation rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women aged 50-69 years for the 2 year period up to October 2005 was 52% compared with 54.5% for all women aged 50-69 years, resident in the ACT.

Gungahlin footpaths

(Question No 884)

Mr Seselja

asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 14 February 2006:

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