Page 2274 - Week 07 - Thursday, 23 June 2005

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A perinatal death is either a stillbirth from 20 weeks gestation or a neonatal death in the first 28 days of life, (ie just before birth or after). In 2003, 2,020 babies died in the perinatal period in Australia.

Our current health promotion program, SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping, is evidence based and provides families, infant carers and health professionals with information about how to reduce the risk of SIDS and create a safe sleeping environment for babies.

More information is available at the web site. The SIDS and Kids safe sleeping program recommends putting babies on their back to sleep, from birth; sleeping babies with their faces uncovered; making sure that cigarette smoke is kept away from babies; and ensuring that a safe cot, safe mattress, safe bedding and safe sleeping places are available all night and day. Members, Mr Deputy Speaker, SIDS and Kids day is tomorrow.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Before we proceed, I would like to put on record my apologies for having missed the timing on the MPI debate and for the inconvenience to members.

Criminal justice statistical profile
Latham primary school

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, Minister for Women and Minister for Industrial Relations) (4.32): For the interest of members, I table a properly photocopied version of the ACT criminal justice statistical profile. I thank Mr Stefaniak for drawing the matter to our attention. It is double-sided now. I present the following paper:

Revised ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile—March quarter 2005.

Briefly, I would like to talk about Latham primary school. On 9 May, I had the privilege of going to Latham primary school to open the upgraded ICT facilities at the school. It was the first project funded under the school’s IT infrastructure fund. Last year, 26 schools successfully applied for funding to assist in the upgrading of their IT facilities.

Latham primary school used its funding to install cabling to improve the school’s electrical infrastructure and to upgrade the entire student computing network. The project has ensured the student network is reliable, secure, safe and fast, allowing teachers and students to confidently use a wide range of information and communication programs.

I was able to visit not only students using the interactive whiteboard in mainstream classes but also the learning support unit there. It was fantastic to see children with communication difficulties accessing interactive technology, allowing them to communicate in a way in which they previously have not. I was also able to visit the computer lab and see some students doing their day-to-day course work in the computer lab.

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