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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4132 ..

This question is answered in three parts:

Benefits of Centralised Intake System:

The new Centralised Intake Service will improve the consistency of intake management practices and improve the quality of decision making by separating responsibility for professional decisions regarding risk assessment from decisions

regarding case management and access to resources. Decisions regarding case management and resources will be made by staff in regional offices.

Benefits of Senior Practitioners:

The Senior Practitioner positions in each Regional office will provide specialist support to staff in managing complex appraisals, case management and court work.

Benefits of expenditure allocated to Children and Young People System (CHYPS) Training Position:

The dedicated 0.6 position will support the delivery of Family Services' core training and improve information storage and retrieval practices, increasing the time staff have available for contact with clients and other key agencies.

Public service-stress leave

(Question No 986)

Mr Pratt

asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 25 September 2003:

In relation to all ACT public servants:

How many ACT public servants are currently on stress leave;

How many claims have there been by ACT public servants for stress leave in 2001, 2002 and 2003 (to date).

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question (which has been referred to me as it falls within my portfolio responsibilities) is as follows:

There are currently 111 open workers compensation claims made by public servants that have been accepted by Comcare relating to psychological injuries (commonly referred to as stress injuries). However, this does not mean that there are currently 111 public servants on 'stress leave'. The public sector workers compensation database indicates that 34 of these open claims had an increase in incapacity payments during August 2003, which would be a proxy measure for the number of people who took compensated stress leave during that month.

2001: 37 workers compensation claims were accepted by Comcare relating to psychological injuries that occurred during the 2001 calendar year. 10 of these claims are still open.

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