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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4144 ..


Alexander Maconochie Centre—hospitalisation of detainees(Question No 429)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 September 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Corrections):

(1) When a detainee from the Alexander Maconochie Centre is admitted into or discharged from the hospital, who is informed (among people who have personal connections to the detainee such as family and partners).

(2) Does ACT Health take charge of contacting these people; if not, which organisation does.

(3) When are these people contacted.

(4) Are long term partners of the detainee typically informed when the detainee is admitted into or discharged from the hospital.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) notify the detainees Next of Kin (NoK) when a detainee has been admitted to a health facility. This is done as soon as practicable or in accordance with a directions from the Duty Manager, in accordance with the policy and operating procedure.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—detainee education and training programs(Question No 431)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 17 September 2021:

(1) On what date did the former Peace Education Program (PEP) at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), (a) commence and (b) end.

(2) Why did the PEP at the AMC end.

(3) Was there any cost to the ACT Government for running the PEP.

(4) How many detainees attended the PEP during the time it was running.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The Peace Education Program (PEP) was facilitated on two occasions by two volunteers from the Prem Rawat Foundation (PRF) for the Alexander Maconochie Centre’s (AMC) Women’s Area (10 sessions per group). The sessions occurred between May to July 2017 and February to April 2018. Approximately 21 detainees engaged. The program ceased due to the burden of the travel distance for volunteers delivering the PEP.


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