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(4) minimisation. The Drug Diversion process also has the advantage of directly intervening in the cycle of drug misuse and crime.

(b) ACT Health is pleased with the progress of the Drug Diversion Program (that is, Police Early Diversion). The number of referrals to Police Early Diversion has increased between 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 (see answer to Q2). Referrals in 2004/05 have, as of December 2004, already exceeded referrals for the entire year in 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 (also Q2). Further progress is expected, as education to Police Officers about early intervention and diversion continues to increase.

(5) The number of persons that have been referred to the Drug Diversion program and have re-offended in relation to drugs is 9. It should be noted that 1 of these people did not comply with the requirements of the program. ACT Policing officers may issue a Simple Cannabis Offence Notice, summons or arrest in response to a person who re-offends in relation to drugs while on the program. Other penalties following the issue of a summons or an arrest are determined and imposed by the court.

(6) All participants who are referred to the Drug Diversion program must consent to attend the program. Persons declining to attend the program are cautioned, issued with a Simple Cannabis Offence Notice or summonsed to attend court.

(7) There have been no Police members or ACT Health staff hurt as part of this program. The offences relating to the Drug Diversion program are presumed to be victimless in nature, that is, the offender is not directly causing harm to others, only to themselves.

(8) The following funds were received by the AFP for Diversion. The funding period for each year is 10 October – 9 October the following year.

2001/2002 $70,000 excluding GST

2002/2003 $70,000 excluding GST

2003/2004 $70,000 excluding GST

$12,220 excluding GST

$ 8,070 were received through ACT Health from 9 Oct – 30 Nov which will be deducted from 2004/2005 funding when approved for the 2004/2005 period

(9) The funds requested for 10 Oct 2004 – 9 Oct 2005 is $94,530. This funding is pending approval from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Hospitals—inpatient facilities
(Question No 41)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 8 December 2004:

(1) Did the Healthy Territory Brochure of July 2004 state in the article titled Sub and non-acute inpatient facility that plans for the sub/non acute facility will be finalised by late 2004; if so, (a) have the plans for this facility be finalised, (b) when will the plans be made public; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will they be finalised;

(2) Will tenders still be called for construction in early 2005; if so, when do you anticipate to call for tenders; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will the call for tenders go out.

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