Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2741 ..
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Belconnen Remand Centre
(1) What liaison process exists between the Centre and Winnungah Nimmityjah Health Service to ensure that the service is informed when Indigenous detainees are admitted to the BRC; and
(2) Has Winnungah Nimmityjah been informed every time an indigenous prisoner presents at BRC; if not, will you ensure that processes are put in place to ensure the service is informed."
Mr Humphries - The answer to Mr Stanhope's question's is as follows:
(1) On induction to the BRC, the Winnungah Nimmityah Health Service (WNHS) is notified of anyone identifying as coming from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) background. There have been difficulties with the notification process in the past, but following a meeting between the WNHS and ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) staff in August this year, these have been addressed.
(2) The present system is that the WNHS is faxed every time an ATSI identified detainee is inducted into BRC and copies of these faxes are placed on detainees' dossiers.
ACTCS has also initiated a process to develop a protocol between ACTCS and WNHS, and a meeting between the ACTCS and WNHS medical officers has been arranged.
The Director of ACTCS has recommended to the ACT Corrections Health Board (ACTCHB) that the Chief Executive Officer of WNHS be invited to join the Board, and an invitation has been issued by the Chair of the ACTCHB.
APPROVED FOR TABLING
GARY HUMPHRIES MLA
MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY