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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 14 February 2008) . . Page.. 351 ..


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There is a range of services available in the ACT to work with people with FASD and their families. The Canberra Hospital’s Antenatal Clinic provides general information to women in early pregnancy regarding the risks associated with drug use, including alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Specific advice is provided to women about risks to the foetus, ways to reduce risks, support options and referrals are made to services to help women reduce their substance use.

In addition, for women at risk who present at the Antenatal Clinic through self-referral or through General Practitioner/Hospital referral, the Clinic provides advice and support through the Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Service (SUPS). Through involvement with SUPS, women have access to specialised advice from experts (for example, from the ACT Perinatal Mental Health Service and the QEII Family Centre), are closely monitored and are contacted frequently to build a trusting relationship that can evolve into antenatal care and support.


Hospitals—statistics

(Question No 1797)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 4 December 2007:

Do Canberra’s hospitals keep statistics related to the number of patients suffering from alcohol and other drug related problems; if so, could the Minister provide numbers indicating the trend over the last few years.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Yes, Canberra public hospitals do keep statistics related to the number of patients suffering from alcohol and other drug related problems.

Over the last three years, the number of people admitted to hospital for alcohol and other drug related diagnoses was:

2004-05

717

2005-06

991

2006-07

824

Source: ACT Public Hospitals Morbidity Data Set, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07.

All hospital inpatient admissions reported against service related group 81 – Drug and alcohol


Cats—control

(Question No 1798)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 4 December 2007:

Are there currently any cat curfews in place in the ACT;

Does the Government have any plans to institute curfews, or other cat controls, throughout the ACT;


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