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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 3874..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

reported occupancy rates of above 95 per cent for much of 2005-06. Previous years figures are not readily available, as ACT Health only started using bed occupancy as a strategic indicator in the 2005-06 financial year.

Mr Pratt asked me a question about the loss of revenue from potential delays with the patient administration system. The new patient administration system has caused delays in billing for some services, but we anticipate no loss of revenue to ACT Health due to PAS implementation. However, there will be some delays. Records of all billable services have been maintained and accounts have been raised to recover these amounts.

Yesterday Dr Foskey asked me about the methadone program at the Canberra Hospital and about arrangements that are being made over Christmas. The opioid treatment services operate from building 7 at the Canberra Hospital. It provides a treatment service to approximately 190 clients a day, as well as a medical service. The opioid treatment service has four medical staff. All are available for appointments at the moment and up until Christmas.

Dosing in the clinic is available Monday to Friday between 7.15 am and 12.30 pm and between 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm. On weekends it is available between 7.15 am and 9.30 am; between 10.00 am and 12 noon and between 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm. Over the Christmas period the opiate treatment services clinic will be available until 22 December, reopening on Tuesday, 2 January 2007. During the period 22 December to 2 January the service will be open for dosing only. Throughout the whole period a medical officer will be on call from 7.30 am to 10.00 pm.

Chief Minister's Department—annual report 2005-2006

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Chief Minister's Department—annual report 2005-06—corrigendum.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I present for the information of members a corrigendum to the Chief Minister's Department annual report 2005-06. Pages 71 to 73 of volume 1 of the report provides information on the department's staffing profile, including tables showing employment category by gender, employment category by classification, and average length of service and age profiles. There were data entry errors from the drafting process in the four tables in the published version of the annual report. The net result of the changes is a reduction in the total staff numbers from 437 to 436.

Volume 2 of the Chief Minister's Department annual report contains the workers compensation supplementation fund's financial reports. These include the


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