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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 9 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 2786 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

ongoing training on universal precautions for infection control, particularly in relation to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B. The program has always promoted essential precautionary measures. I will table, for Ms Tucker's interest, draft policies and policies from 1993, the revision after that, the policy up to August 1996, and the 26 August 1996 policy which is currently being circulated for input.

MS TUCKER: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Thank you, Mrs Carnell; I will look at those with interest. In regard to what you have just been stating, I would also like to have documentation on the program of communication, how it is worked within disability group houses, and how this has been communicated to staff; the actual processes, the frequency of updating and communication with staff houses. In other words, I would like to see documented very clearly how what you have just stated has occurred.

MRS CARNELL: I am very happy to provide a briefing to the member. As I just said, there are, I understand, from what I am told, practice instruction manuals in each house which have a lot of information in them and which are readily accessed by staff. The staff know they are there, and they know that the staff have the up-to-date manuals in these particular books. That would seem to me to be a very appropriate way to ensure that staff, who do come and go - there is a large number of casual staff in our disability houses - know that that is where the current infection control policy is placed. I think that is a very appropriate way to go.

Phillip and Stirling Colleges

MS McRAE: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Stefaniak in his capacity as Minister for Education. What decisions have been made about the future of Phillip and Stirling colleges, or what proposals have been canvassed, and who has been consulted in regard to the decisions, if they have been made, or the proposals?

MR STEFANIAK: I thank the member for the question, which I think is timely, as I saw a spread on the front page of the Southside Chronicle this week headed "Colleges canvass a merger". Mr Moore is reported as making a few comments, as are a number of other people. Mr Speaker, I would like to congratulate Stirling College, which this time last year had only about 325 students on its books and this year has about 390 or so. It has had an increase of over 60 students this year, so anyone who thought that that college was in grave danger of folding would be sadly mistaken. It has certainly kicked along nicely this year. Phillip College is a bigger college and it has over 600 students.

Yes, Mr Speaker, there has been talk within the college communities and within the college boards. I can appreciate that, because of the recent industrial trouble, boards have had some difficulty meeting, but that is over now. Over probably close to 12 months there has been discussion within the college communities in relation to what is the best course available in the future for both of those colleges. One of the propositions,

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