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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (16 November) . . Page.. 3642..


Children-deaths

(Question No 1327)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 17 October 2006 (redirected to the Minister for Health):

(1) Given that the Minister advised the Legislative Assembly on 24 August 2006 that in the order of 400 children had passed away in the ACT in the last ten years, what analysis has been carried out on these child deaths in relation to emerging trends over the past ten years;

(2) What were the trends and findings;

(3) What trends emerged between (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06 to date, in relation to sex and age of the child surrounding the cause of death.

Ms Gallagher

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

(1) Refer to the Review of ACT Child Deaths 1992-2003 report.

(2) Refer to the Review of ACT Child Deaths 1992-2003 report.

(3) Due to annual fluctuations, because of the low number of child deaths each year, trends analysis in the ACT is usually undertaken by aggregating 3-5 years of data together. Analysis has shown that there has been an ongoing decline in both the child and infant mortality rates over the last 20 years. I am advised that this is due to advances in antenatal and neonatal care, as well as a greater understanding of disease aetiology and a greater emphasis on health promotion, education and disease and injury prevention activities. Successful public health campaigns aimed at reducing the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), in particular, have had a marked impact on the infant mortality rate since the early 1990s.

Emergency services-front-line vehicles

(Question No 1338)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 18 October 2006:

(1) Will he provide a list of vehicles by type specifically assigned to the Emergency Services Authority (ESA) Headquarters;

(2) What is the collective operating costs of those vehicles listed in part (1);

(3) What is the number, by type, of major assets within the ESA with an initial purchase cost of over $5 000, including (a) mechanical, (b) electrical and (c) communication items.

Mr Corbell

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

I believe that this question is a duplicate of QON 1312 and has already been answered.


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