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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4075 ..


(1) As of 21 August 2019, the University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) hydrotherapy pool is available for use by external users such as Arthritis ACT (AACT) seven days per week at the following times:

Day

Session one

Session two

Session three

Total hours per day

Monday

7.00am – 8.30am

-

5.00pm – 7.00pm

3 hours and 30 minutes

Tuesday

7.00am – 8.30am

12.00pm -12.45pm

5.00pm – 7.00pm

4 hours and 15 minutes

Wednesday

7.00am – 8.30am

12.00pm -12.45pm

5.00pm – 7.00pm

4 hours and 15 minutes

Thursday

7.00am – 8.30am

12.00pm -12.45pm

5.00pm – 7.00pm

4 hours and 15 minutes

Friday

7.00am – 8.30am

12.00pm -12.45pm

5.00pm – 7.00pm

4 hours and 15 minutes

Saturday

7.00am – 8.30am

12.00pm -1.00pm

5.00pm – 7.00pm

4 hours and 30 minutes

Sunday

7.00am – 8.30am

12.00pm -1.00pm

5.00pm – 7.00pm

4 hours and 30 minutes

Total hours per week

29 hours and 30 minutes

This is a total of 29 hours and 30 minutes per week or 35 percent of the total available operating hours of the UCH hydrotherapy pool.

(2) The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) hydrotherapy pool provides hydrotherapy services to a wide range of people including those with neurological diseases, children with rehabilitation needs and older people through the Transitional Therapy and Care Program (TTCP).

In June 2018, the Director of Allied Health within Canberra Health Services (CHS) Division of Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care (RACC) – now called Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Services (RACS) met with the CEO of Arthritis ACT (AACT) to discuss the availability of the UCH pool for external users prior to its opening on 23 July 2018.

At this time, AACT were offered 11 sessions across the week which was an increase from the nine sessions which were previously available to AACT at the Canberra Hospital pool. CHS understood AACT to be happy with this outcome and since this time, the number of sessions offered and subsequently used by AACT at the UCH pool has incrementally increased to a total of 13 sessions per week.

Prior to the establishment of the UCH hydrotherapy pool and transfer of services from Canberra Hospital, CHS was not aware of any issues being raised in relation to gaps in hydrotherapy services on the north side of Canberra. CHS understands that AACT accessed a range of pools on the north side of Canberra, including Black Mountain School.


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