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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 267 ..


(3) How many dental chairs are in the AMC.

(4) How many patients are the dentists able to see in one day.

(5) What is the waiting list for dental services.

(6) How many inmates have left the AMC for routine dental work in the last two years.

(7) How many inmates have left the AMC for emergency dental work.

(8) How many inmates have had emergency dental work in the last two years either inside or outside the AMC.

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

(1) Dental services are provided at the AMC three days per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

(2) One dentist is rostered per day when the dental services are scheduled at the AMC.

(3) There is one dental chair at the AMC located within the Hume Health Centre (HHC).

(4) The number of detainees seen in a day can vary dependent on the nature of dental work required. Typically, five detainees are seen per day when dental services are scheduled.

(5) If a detainee requires to see a dentist, they can complete a Health Centre Request form or advise a Custodial Health Nursing staff member. Once, a Custodial Health Nursing staff member is aware a detainee requires to see a dentist, a dental triage form is completed.

Once a dental triage form is completed, the detainee will be triaged as urgent or non-urgent. All urgent categories are booked for an appointment accordingly. Non-urgent categories are placed on the non-urgent waitlist. There is no waitlist for urgent categories as they are always booked an appointment immediately.

The non-urgent dental waitlist as of 8 December 2020, has 112 detainees waiting for a non-urgent dental appointment at the HHC.

(6) Custodial Health is unable to retrieve the number of external medical escorts for routine dental work from Custodial Health reporting systems.

It is unlikely any detainees have required an external referral as routine dental work would be triaged to be completed at the HHC.

Medical escorts are coordinated by Custodial Health with ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) who manage and maintain records of the escorts of detainees from the prison for any purpose, including access to health care.

(7) Custodial Health is unable to retrieve the number of external medical escorts requiring emergency dental work from Custodial Health Reporting Systems.


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