Page 265 - Week 01 - Thursday, 9 December 2004

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Over and above all that there will be the traditional citizenship ceremony in Commonwealth Park. I am looking forward to speaking at that to give my perspective on the importance of Australia Day and the meaning of Australia Day to Australians. I look forward very much to that. I have been banned from officiating and the ban has been maintained by the commonwealth government. I cannot actually officiate at the ceremony, but I will be speaking.

To conclude, Canberra Day next year similarly will be perhaps the biggest, most ambitious and most fantastic Canberra Day imaginable. We have devoted significant resources to Canberra Day next year. We have achieved some major sponsorship that I look forward to announcing soon. It will be a fantastic celebration of Canberra Day. The details of that are still being developed, but it will be fantastic, following the best ever National Multicultural Festival. There will be major celebrations from now until March almost non-stop.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The minister’s time has expired.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Hospital waiting lists

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, on Tuesday, Mrs Burke asked me a question in relation to a particular patient awaiting plastic surgery and whether she was still waiting for plastic surgery. I can advise members that a review has recently been conducted of plastics procedures on the waiting list that could possibly be cosmetic surgery. The patient Mrs Burke referred to is one of those patients and she is still waiting for her surgery. Following review by the plastic surgeon, this patient has been identified as not cosmetic but of a low priority. The particular plastic surgeon involved does, regrettably, have a very long waiting list.

Canberra Hospital—surgery

MR CORBELL: Mrs Burke asked me, on Wednesday, a question in relation to day of surgery admission rates. The answer to Mrs Burke’s question is that, first of all, it is incorrect that the day of surgery admission rate or DOSA target of 90 per cent was set for the Canberra Hospital; that is not correct. ACT Health set a target for DOSA at the Canberra Hospital of 75 per cent. This target was set in May this year.

The Canberra Hospital’s day of surgery admission target was set at 75 per cent, based on best practice national hospital activity achieved by similar hospitals providing major trauma, tertiary hospital and complex surgery services such as major cardiac surgery. For 2003-04, the Canberra Hospital’s DOSA rate was 58 per cent. In September 2004, the Canberra Hospital’s DOSA rate was 66 per cent, an improvement of eight percentage points. The day of surgery admission rate at Calvary Hospital to September 2004 was 92 per cent.

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