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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4112 ..

campaign costs included the production of the majority of promotional items for both campaigns.

The next summer campaign is currently in development and due to be delivered December 2003 to February 2004.

The campaign aspects of the ACT Youth Smoking Prevention Program, funded by the HPU, are being focus-tested at present with plans for campaign implementation in the first quarter of calendar year 2004.

The Kidsafe scalds and poisonings campaigns are ongoing throughout the year.

The campaigns are advertised broadly using health promotion networks, the government websites and notification on television (e.g. celebrity chef community service announcements on WIN), and the Canberra Chronicle, which is free to all households in the ACT. Campaign activities take place in all areas of the ACT and in a range of settings from schools to shopping centres to health centres.

The HPU received funding of $868,000 in financial year 2002/03 and $992,000 in financial year 2003/04.

The staffing for the health promotion unit includes three SOG C officers, four ASO 6 officers, one ASO 5 and one ASO 4. The Director of the Health Promotion Unit, a SOG A, also has responsibility for managing the Population Health Research Centre and the Healthpact Secretariat.

Canberra hospitals-ambulance diversions

(Question No 959)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 24 September 2003:

In relation to ambulance diversions from Canberra Hospitals:

How many times, per month, has it been necessary to divert ambulances from (a) the Calvary Hospital and (b) the Canberra Hospital between November 2001 and August 2003;

For each occasion in (a) and (b) above:

what length of time was each diversion;

where were ambulances diverted to on each occasion;

what was the cause of each diversion.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

and (2)The decision to place either The Canberra Hospital or Calvary Hospital on "ambulance bypass", and for how long, is made by an authorised medical officer at each hospital. This authorised medical officer communicates the request for "ambulance bypass"to the Ambulance Service and in turn the Ambulance Service advises the ambulance crews of the request.

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