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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2461 ..



Question No. 256

Health Centres - Waiting List Data

MS TUCKER asked the Minister for Health and Community Care upon notice on 19 June 1996

(l) Does the Department keep waiting list data for public health practitioners at governmental health centres, including all allied health services.

(2) If so, can you please provide this information about waiting lists. If not, why not.

MRS CARNELL - The answer to the Member's question is:

(1) Yes. Primary Health Care Teams in health centres keep waiting list information for services that have significant waiting times. This includes physiotherapy and podiatry services.

(2) Physiotherapy
This service has a waiting list with waiting times of approximately 3-4 weeks for non-urgent appointments. An intake system prioritises clients according to need. Urgent problems are attended to immediately.

This service is in high demand. Waiting list information is available for all basic foot care programs and podiatrist appointments.
There is no waiting time for the basic foot care self management program `Foot Sloggers Program'. There is one month waiting time for nurse practitioner appointments for basic foot care and referral to podiatrist according to need. Following the first point of contact and first assessment there is a four day waiting time for podiatry appointments that are acute and for non acute there is a two week waiting time. Clients are given regular appointments usually for the whole year spaced according to need following their first appointment.

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