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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 268 ..


Oral Health Services (OHS) and Custodial Health Medical Officers can refer detainees for emergency dental work outside of the AMC. If a detainee is required to leave the AMC for emergency dental work, this is treated as an external medical escort and is coordinated by Custodial Health and ACTCS.

Medical escorts for emergency dental work would usually be related to trauma relating to assault. Detainees requiring dental work as a result of trauma require review by specialist surgeons at the Canberra Hospital

(8) Custodial Health is unable to retrieve the number of emergency dental services provided outside of the AMC from Custodial Health reporting systems.

Internal emergency dental appointment figures (treated by OHS dentists at AMC):

a. Number of AMC detainees receiving emergency dental appointments from 1 December 2018 – 1 December 2020 was 418.

b. Number of emergency dental appointments between 1 December 2018 – 1 December 2020 was 778.

It should be noted that some detainees present with multiple complex dental needs at the time of incarceration at the AMC. Some detainees receive multiple appointments to address their urgent dental needs.

OHS and Custodial Health can refer detainees for emergency dental work outside the AMC. Custodial Health is unable to provide the number of external medical escorts requiring emergency dental work.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service(Question No 81)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Justice Health, upon notice, on 4 December 2020:

(1) What services does Winnunga provide at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

(2) Is Winnunga providing all services they wish to provide at the AMC.

(3) Has Winnunga been refused the ability to provide any services they have requested to at the AMC; if so, why were they refused.

(4) How many staff does Winnunga have at the AMC.

(5) How many of these staff are (a) part-time, (b) full-time and (c) casual.

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

(1) Services Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services (WNAHCS) provide at AMC through the current Service Funding Agreement include:

MBS Item 715 consultations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health check assessments;


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