Page 931 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 March 2005

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Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) An article in the July edition of Healthy Territory said “…it is anticipated that the plans will be finalised by late 2004.”

(a) No.

(b) Design concepts and sketch plans have been made public as part of community consultation processes and the final sketch plans will be placed on public display.

(a) Additional time has been allocated to developing the sketch plans to ensure that the new facility will meet requirements.

(b) It is expected that sketch plans will be finalised in the new year.

(2) It is expected that tenders will be called in 2005. The actual date on which they are to be called is not yet set.

Drugs—treatment services
(Question No 66)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 9 December 2004:

(1) In relation to the three recent and ongoing reviews of the Alcohol and Drug Program (ADP), when will the findings and recommendations of the investigation into workplace environment and clinical governance be publicly released;

(2) Is the Government considering a review of all alcohol and drug services in the ACT, both government and non-government, including their funding and effectiveness, to ensure that the community has access to a level of prevention, education and treatment services comparable to other states and territories.

(3) How was the Clinical Governance Review team selected, and was a request for tender undertaken by A.C.T. Health;

(4) How have the recommendations of the Acumen report on probity been implemented, or are being implemented;

(5) What strategic action has been taken to prevent clients from the opioid treatment service continuing to accumulate debt for their methadone or buprenorphine;

(6) What training has been provided to counsellors and intake staff workers over the past 12 months;

(7) What training has been provided to Registered and Enrolled Nurses over the past 12 months in order to ensure they meet Nurses Registration Board requirements;

(8) How are clients involved in policy/decision making processes;

(9) How are services provided for Dual Diagnosis clients, including whether ADP doctors prescribe psychiatric medication or advise clients to seek advice from their GP's;

(10) What is the procedure if clients do not have a GP.

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