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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4071 ..

Supporting workforce development and the capacity of public inpatient mental health care in the Adult Mental Health Unit; and

Committing to planning and design work for a Police, Ambulance and Clinical Early Response (PACER) service model that can provide better support for people experiencing acute mental health incidents. This model will support staff and ensure a more coordinated response in their interactions with people in acute mental health crisis and aims to help reduce the number of people who present to the emergency department.

ACT Health—executive remuneration

Ms Stephen-Smith (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Miss C Burch on Tuesday, 30 July 2019):

The budget for executive staff in 2019-20 is calculated by indexation of the 2018-19 base funding by 2.02 percent in line with the Government decisions in the 2018-19 Budget.

As I noted in the Assembly on 30 July 2019, the increase in executive salaries to which

Miss Burch referred in a previous question can largely be attributed to two new positions and the creation of the Canberra Health Services, Chief Executive Officer. The two new positions were the result of new initiatives being the Office of Mental Health (funded in the 2017-18 Budget, but not filled at the executive level until late 2018-19) and the Executive Branch Manager, Culture Review Implementation (funded in the 2018-19 Budget Review).

The balance was funded through internal reallocation of funds mainly associated with time-limited efficiency projects, which did not impact on front line services.

Mental health—disability access

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a question by Ms Lawder on Tuesday, 13 August 2019):

Equitable access to mental health services is facilitated through the use of interpreter facilities and communication supports. These services are available to all private providers and across all Canberra Health Services, including Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services, with 24 hours notice. This includes on-site AusLan interpreters provided by the National Interpreting and Communication Services.

In emergency situations a 24-hour Emergency Interpreter Sign Language Communications Service can be provided by the Deaf Society.

There are two specialist services in the ACT that support deaf and deafblind people: The ACT Deafness Resource Centre (DRC) and the Deaf Society.

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