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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4154 ..


incident within 14.70 minutes on 90% of occasions and within 8.95 minutes on 50% of occasions.

Priority 2 (P2) incidents require an emergency ambulance response at normal road speed where the incident has been deemed as a lower acuity. ACTAS aims to provide an emergency resource to these incidents within 30 minutes of time of call.

(6) Providing an accurate response to this question would require manual handling of a number of data sets. This would take a considerable amount of staff time and resources to answer, and unreasonably redirect ESA personnel away from important functions.

(7) The time it takes to turn around an ambulance varies depending on the circumstances of each individual case and whether transport of a patient to a hospital emergency department has occurred. ACTAS aims to turn around an ambulance within 40 minutes of arrival at hospital.

(8) The time to turn around an ambulance has not increased since the pandemic except when an ambulance has transported a known COVID-19 positive patient which requires the ambulance to be thoroughly cleaned after the patient has been offloaded to the hospital.

(9) To alleviate potential increases in turn around time, an ambulance vehicle that requires deep cleaning has been swapped with another ambulance vehicle and cleaning is actioned as soon as possible.

(10) There are times when a presenting condition, through a 000 call, does not require an ACTAS response. This is called an ANR (Ambulance Not Required). Reasons for an ambulance not required include hoax call, caller cancels the ambulance enroute, other Services arrive on scene, such as ACT Police, and determine there is no requirement for ACTAS attendance.

In other instances the Intensive Care Paramedic Clinician can provide advice over the phone which resolves the presenting condition. These types of calls are often referred to alternative care pathways such as General Practitioners or walk-in centres. Callers are always asked to call back should their condition continue or worsen.

During 2020-21 there were 5,344 incidents that resulted in an ANR. This represents 6.7% of all incidents in 2020-21.


Lake Tuggeranong—water quality(Question No 478)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, upon notice, on 8 October 2021:

(1) How many tests for water quality, as outlined in the response to question on notice No 175, have been undertaken in the past five years.

(2) Can the Minister provide copies of results for each test over the past five years for all Lake Tuggeranong tests.


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