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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2651 ..


Commonwealth Grant Details

Funding/expenditure to date

Outcomes/Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)/Reporting

Roads to Recovery

The Commonwealth provided funding of:

$17.1 million in 2015-16;

$14.5 million in 2016-17; and

$6.1 million in 2017-18.

Of this funding, $35.4 million was expended during the period 2015 16 to 2017-18.

Acquittal of all expenditure under the grant program and evidence the funds have been spent appropriately.

Heavy Vehicle Monitoring System Project

The Commonwealth provided $0.3 million of funding in 2017-18, of which $0.1 million was expended in 2017-18.

In 2018-19 an additional $196,000 has been expended on this project.

Acquittal of all expenditure under the grant program and evidence the funds have been spent appropriately.


Canberra Hospital—operating theatres(Question No 2371)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 22 March 2019:

(1) In relation to the answer given at part (2)(f) of question on notice No 1920, and noting that The Canberra Hospital’s operating theatres, as stated in the answer, are “planned to facilitate an average of two 4 hours sessions of surgery each [week]day” (except on public holidays, and excluding utilisation for emergency surgery outside of these sessions), referred to in this question as “normal business hours”; during 2018, on average per operating theatre, how many hours (a) each day were theatres typically closed for maintenance, cleaning or other non-surgical functions or activities, (b) per day outside “normal business hours” were theatres used for emergency surgery and (c) how many hours per day were theatres closed to any activity of any kind.

(2) What assessment has the Government made as to the capacity of operating theatres to be available for non-emergency surgery beyond “normal business hours”.

(3) What was the result of the assessment as referred to in part (2).

(4) What assessment has the Government made as to the feasibility of surgeons and surgical staff to enable operating theatres to be available for non-emergency surgery beyond “normal business hours”.

(5) What was the result of the assessment as referred to in part (4).

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

(1) (a) In 2018, theatres were closed an average of 16 minutes per day per theatre for maintenance. There were no other closures, noting that the time required for cleaning theatres is taken into account in the normal course of business.

(b) In 2018, an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes per theatre per day of emergency surgery was performed outside of normal business hours.


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