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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4192 ..


The Australian Medical Association (AMA) prepares their report based on publicly available information provided by organisations including but not limited to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

At the time when the submission of 2015-16 data was due, there were issues around the quality of data that was able to be reported to the AIHW. As a result, this data was not submitted and may not have been publicly available at the time AMA prepared their report.

ACT Health Directorate has since submitted revised 2015-16 data and worked with the AIHW to include the ACT 2015-16 data in summary tables for use in their publications.

ACT Health—elective surgery

Ms Stephen-Smith (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Castley on Tuesday, 9 November 2021):

Since 2012-13, the ACT’s performance has increased and is closer to the national average.

Both emergency and elective surgery activity continues to grow and demand for emergency surgery at Canberra Hospital is resulting in the postponement of some less urgent elective surgery categories due to the critical nature of the emergency procedures.

The cessation of elective surgery due to COVID-19 in March 2020 impacted the Territory’s ability to deliver some elective surgery, resulting in category 2 patients waiting longer.

A record number of surgeries were delivered in the 2020-21 financial year. As of 30 June 2021, there were 15,324 surgeries completed - the largest number ever done in the ACT.

The ACT Government has invested $4.9 million in 2021-22 to increase elective surgery capacity across the Territory and is committed to the delivery of 60,000 elective procedures to 2024-25.

Territory Wide Surgical Services (TWSS) are working closely with private providers, Canberra Health Services (CHS) and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce (CPHB) in implementing the four-year elective surgery delivery plan - optimising the allocation of elective surgery across both the public and private sectors.

Planning—housing affordability

Ms Berry (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Lawder on Wednesday, 10 November 2021):

In June 2019, the Suburban Land Agency commenced an Expression of Interest process, seeking innovative and creative proposals to deliver single residential


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