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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3598 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Milligan, a supplementary.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, how much revenue have you precisely received from the $112 charges?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Canberra Health Services is working through a process regarding identifying how many people have been charged and for what exactly they have been charged through this process. We are also working through a process regarding refunds. Information on that will be available on the COVID-19 website when we have worked through that. We will probably be doing that on a case-by-case basis. If people believe that they were actually charged for a test rather than a certificate, which remains an item that a charge is likely to apply to, then we will consider refunds on a case-by-case basis.

MRS JONES: A supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Is your government still receiving 50 per cent payments from the federal government for the tests that you are charging Canberrans $112 for?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Oh my goodness, Madam Speaker, I am just not sure how many times I have to say we are not charging people for the tests, but they are not happy.

Health—digital health records

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Health and has a different theme. Can the minister update the Assembly on the digital health innovations the ACT government has implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Orr for the question and for the fact it is not a repeat of a previous one. The ACT government’s new Digital Health Record is delivering safer and better connected health care for Canberrans with patients now using the security MyDHR system to monitor their COVID-19 symptoms in the community in addition to the use of the Epic platform to support our vaccination rollout. The ACT government’s innovation in the Digital Health Record has already made a significant difference across the entire Canberra community by helping manage the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

MyDHR has been used more than 214,000 times for Canberrans and those from our surrounding region to book or change their vaccination appointments. The hard-working ACT Health team brought this technology online early to enable the community to easily book appointments, to guide nurses through easy-to-use pre-vaccination checklists, record vaccination details, report to the Australian Immunisation Register and provide digital confirmation to consumers about their vaccination status. My question is to the Minister for Health and has a different theme. Can the minister update the Assembly on the digital health innovations the ACT government has implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic?


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