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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 22 March 2018) . . Page.. 1005 ..


ACT Health is represented on the NCCIWG.

Through NCCIWG, each of these organisations prepared extensive communications material and resources for health practitioners and consumers. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has made a full suite of these resources available on its website www.tga.gov.au.

The ACT therefore considered the extensive suite of materials developed by the Commonwealth to be adequate for ACT purposes.

The Capital Health Network held an information evening for health practitioners about the changes on 1 February 2018, with ACT Health assistance. ACT Health continues to engage with local stakeholders regarding the codeine changes.

The ACT collects data for schedule 8 (controlled) medicines prescribing and will be monitoring this data for any increases to controlled medicines prescribing which may correlate with the scheduling change.

(5) (a) 30 June 2017

Urgent medical assessment

21 days

Non-urgent medical assessment

403 days

(b) 31 December 2017

Urgent medical assessment

10.5 days

Non-urgent medical assessment

422 days

(c) 31 January 2018

Urgent medical assessment

17 days

Non-urgent medical assessment

500 days

The increased waiting times to access a non-urgent appointment across December and January is related to the Christmas/New Year period where there is traditionally lower levels of activity due to mandatory shutdown, clinician leave and patient availability.

(6) ACT Health did not estimate future waiting times from 1 February 2018.

(7) ACT Health does not anticipate Pain Management Unit waiting times to be significantly impacted as a result of the changes.


Canberra Hospital—alert levels(Question No 887)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:

(1) In relation to the response to question on notice No 774, what were the trigger points that caused the declaration of alert level 3 throughout July, August and September 2017.

(2) If trigger points changed at any time during that period on what dates did they change.


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