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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 2832..

(c) Pathology Registrar, ($100k) - A Pathology Registrar has been recruited. $54k of this money has been spent to date.

(d) Intermittent Care Program, ($650k) - The Intermittent Care Program was fully operational and all funding was fully expended prior to 30 June 2006.

(e) Clinical IT Package, ($800k) - ACT Health has Membership for 2005/6 with the National E-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA) for the IT security framework built by InTACT to allow health applications to be accessed externally. Testing of Health applications to enable this secure external access by clinicians has commenced.

The Pilot rollout to Visiting Medical Officers' rooms of access to the ACT Government network is complete. An InTACT project has commenced to rollout external access to VMOs that access ACT Health Medical records and Pathology results.

ACT Health, HealthConnect and ACT Division of General Practitioners have embarked on a joint project, which is being funded by both HealthConnect and ACT Health to deliver a NeHTA compliant Discharge Summary and Discharge Referral system for all ACT Regional Health Service Providers. The Discharge Summary specifications were sent to APU in July 06 for approval and public tender. NEHTA were provided with a copy of the tender documents for review and comment.

To date, $800k has been spent.

(f) Nurse Practitioners, ($250k). This initiative is complete with the establishment of four Nurse Practitioner positions within ACT Health. To June 2006, $217k of this funding has been spent. For the financial year June 2006 - June 2007, all of the $250k has been allocated.

(g) The Certificate IV course for Occupational Therapy Assistance, Physiotherapy Assistance and Speech Pathology Assistance commenced February 2006. ACT Health is supporting 5 officers who have enrolled in the course at CIT. Recruitment for the Allied Health Assistant, Clinical Development Co-ordinator and the two new allied health assistant positions has been finalised. To date $22k of this funding has been spent to June 2006.

(h) After Hours GP Service, ($350k) - Expansion of hours of Canberra After Hours Locum Medical Service commenced in July 2005. The service is fully operation and the funding has been fully expended.

(i) High Needs Children ($465k) - Of the $465K provided for this initiative $431K has been expended on care for high needs children as at 30 June 2006. A further $25K has been expended on supporting the nursing services within the special schools for children with high needs. This outlay within the special schools is within the scope of the High Needs Children Initiative.

(j) Quality Infrastructure, ($500k) -

The procedural audit element is on track with staff recruited and data collection continuing. Allocations were also made to other Quality and Safety projects and these are progressing well. They include the Early Recognition of the Deteriorating Patient, RiskMan and the Mandatory Reporting of Significant Incidents. The Portfolio wide Patient Safety Infrastructure program has progressed with transition arrangements

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