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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (14 October) . . Page.. 3160 ..

Alcohol and Drug Counselling Services

MR MOORE: I took on notice a question I was asked on Tuesday. I provided some information to Ms Tucker yesterday, but I think it is important to add this final bit. She asked me about the budget for training on the alcohol and drug program structure. Three days training in the new service delivery arrangements was organised for staff prior to 11 October. Not all staff were required to attend every training session. The training was provided by consultants from KPMG responsible for developing, in consultation with staff and other stakeholders, the detail of the new service delivery arrangements. The development of the training package for staff was a component of the consultancy with KPMG. Another two days of training will be developed and implemented for staff at a later date this year. It is estimated the direct cost of the training to be provided was $3,825.

Canberra Hospital - Renal Unit

MR MOORE: Mr Osborne asked me yesterday about haemodialysis. In addition to the answer provided to him, it is interesting to note that the Government has provided extra funding of $645,502 for haemodialysis and an extra $284,896 for peritoneal dialysis. In other words, this year alone the Government has purchased from the Canberra Hospital an extra $930,398 worth of dialysis. So, although the area is having difficulty, as I indicated yesterday, the Government has taken very seriously the issues associated with dialysis.

Just as an aside, Mr Speaker, I found it interesting to note that the ACT, when it comes to organ donation - we know that we would have much less dialysis if people had kidney transplants - is a net importer of organs. I think in a highly educated society like ours that that is something we ought to be ashamed of, and we are looking at trying to improve our organ donation record. I would encourage members, when they have an opportunity to speak to the community about that, to remind people that we should nominate ourselves for donation, where appropriate.

School Enrolments

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, yesterday Mr Berry asked me a question in relation to guidelines for schools with declining enrolments. I indicated that I would table those as soon as I launched them, and I did launch them at 1 o'clock today. I accordingly table the guidelines, together with the projected enrolments for 2000 to 2004 which are referred to in the forward to the guidelines.

Mr Berry: What about the $200,000 to $250,000? They are the figures I am after.


: Calm down. Okay, Mr Berry. I think you asked me that question on Tuesday and I have a response. Mr Berry asked me on Tuesday for details on the statement that the closure of a small school site would save between $200,000 and $250,000. I indicated that that was a fairly old figure that had been used for about the last eight years. Indeed, as an aside, while flipping through the 1990 Hansards, I saw

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