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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 2831..


Answers to questions

Health—project funding

(Question No 1146)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 11 May 2006:

(1) What proportion of funds allocated to the following health projects this financial year and listed in the 2005-06 budget papers as agency-funded, have been expended to date and what has been delivered for that expenditure, (a) Falls Prevention, (b) Nurse Re-entry Refresher, (c) Pathology Registrar, (d) Intermittent Care Program, (e) Clinical IT Package, (f) Nurse Practitioners, (g) Allied Health Assistants, (h) After Hours GP Service, (i) High Needs Children, (j) Quality Infrastructure, (k) Care Package - returning mental health clients, (l) Picture Archival Communication System.

(2) Has the Falls Prevention program resulted in a reduction in the number of falls occurring among the elderly; if so, what are the figures to support this reduction; if not, why not, and how do the figures for this financial year compare to previous financial years;

(3) How many nurses and midwives have accessed the Nurse Re-entry Refresher program to date;

(4) When was the Pathology Registrar appointed and if this appointment has not occurred, why is this the case;

(5) How many additional after hours GP services have been provided to date to the Canberra community due to the agency funds specifically allocated for this purpose in 2005-06;

(6) Has the Caring for Kids at Home program been established using the funding for the High Needs Children project; if so, when was it established; if not, why not;

(7) How many forensic mental health clients have benefited from the Care Package - returning mental health clients project;

(8) Will all projects listed in part (1) still receive the funding forecast to them in the 2006-07 financial year as listed in the 2005-06 budget; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher

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

(1) (a) Falls Prevention, ($300k) - $250k of this funding has been spent to date.

ACT Health has established the Falls Prevention Tertiary Clinic and the Community Outreach and Assessment Program (COAP). The Clinic focuses on older adults who have experienced a fall/s and requiring specialist intervention not available in the primary health care setting. This service is complemented by the COAP; a community-based comprehensive falls and falls injury prevention and intervention outreach program.

(b) Nurse Re-entry Refresher, ($500k) - This has been implemented with the program being accredited by the ACT Nursing & Midwifery Board. A select tender was arranged through Procurement Solutions for review of the refresher programs. Up to the end of June 2006, $325k had been spent. The project is continuing and the balance of funding was rolled into the next financial year.


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