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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1554 ..

(1) What nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) are currently available at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) including nicotine (a) patches, (b) lozenges and (c) gum.

(2) Were there any NRTs that used to be available at the AMC and is no longer available; if so, (a) what NRTs, (b) when were they available and (b) what was the reason for its removal at the AMC.

(3) Are all NRTs available free of charge for any inmate at the AMC.

(4) Is there a time limit given for conducting nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) free of charge; if so, at what point in time will an inmate need to pay for NRT and what is the cost.

(5) Do staff have access to NRTs through the ACT Corrective Services, and at what cost.

(6) How many detainees underwent NRT for each financial year from 2017–18 to date.

(7) Are there any dedicated nicotine addiction counsellors at the AMC; if so, (a) how many and what are each of their relevant qualifications, (b) do the counsellors conduct their work in group sessions or individual sessions, and what is the duration of each session and (c) is there a waiting list for access to these counsellors.

(8) Where there is a waiting list referred to in part (7)(c), how many people are currently on the waiting list and what is the average waiting time.

(9) What has been the total cost of NRT delivery at the AMC borne by the ACT Government for each financial year since 2017–2018 to the date this question on notice was published.

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

(1) Nicotine Patches and lozenges are available to detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) as a Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Under the Corrections Management (Prohibited Things) Declaration 2019 (No 3) Notifiable Instrument NI2019-659 made under the Corrections Management Act 2007, s81 (Prohibited things), chewing gum is listed as a prohibited item.

(2) No.

(3) All NRT is free of charge to all detainees within the AMC.

(4) There is no time limit for NRT being free of charge.

(5) Justice Health Services (JHS) staff have access to NRT, free of charge, through Canberra Health Services.

NRT is not currently accessible via ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS). Staff who wish to reduce their consumption of nicotine-containing products are encouraged to discuss options with their health care provider and may seek up to $100 reimbursement each year for smoking cessation programs as part of the Justice and Community Safety Directorate Staff Health and Wellbeing Program.

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