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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4072 ..

The DRC provides information, referrals, resources and advocacy to deaf and hearing-impaired communities in the ACT.

The Deaf Society offers support for people including deaf and deafblind adults, hard of hearing teenagers, deaf children and their parents including through AusLan, visual or deafblind communication and written/spoken English. The Deaf Society can support people who have multiple or complex supports from a range of providers, for example mental health needs, and can arrange AusLan interpreters for important meetings such as mental health appointments.

People who are deaf or deafblind are also likely to have an NDIS support package related to their sensory disability. This might include funding of communication tools or a support worker who can assist in everyday activities including assistance to attend and engage with psychological services.

Hospitals—radiation therapy waiting times

Ms Stephen-Smith (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Tuesday, 13 August 2019):

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) are two different techniques and treatment, requiring different technology. Currently Canberra Health Services has one linear accelerator with the capability of treating SRS and all machines are capable of treating SBRT.

The two new linear accelerators that are currently being implemented are designed to treat SBRT cases more efficiently which will enable the Radiotherapy Service to handle more cases. The first of these treated patients for the first time on Wednesday, 11 September 2019.

From 2021, CHS will replace the other two linear accelerators, one of which is the specialist SRS machine. As part of that procurement we will ensure we have the best equipment to meet the needs of our population.

Light rail—certification

Mr Steel (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Miss C Burch on Wednesday, 14 August 2019):

The change to the Independent Electrical Certifier required approval of the ACT Utilities Technical Regulator, who formally accepted the change, and notified Transport Canberra, on 15 March 2019.

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate—health unit

Mr Barr (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Wednesday, 14 August 2019):

1. The total expenditure for Healthy Active Living (HAL) in 2018-19 was $680,284 of which $220,393 was for staff and $459,891 for services and projects.

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