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The number of radiation therapists has recently increased to 23.1 FTE. The number of FTEs for radiation therapists in 2003-04 was 18.84, in 2002-03 was 16.84 and in 2001-02 was 17.28. These figures demonstrate that there has been a significant increase in the number of radiation therapists at The Canberra Hospital since 2001.

Initiatives to address the ACT Shortage include:

A new position of clinical educator - Radiation Therapy Preceptor, has been established to supervise trainee radiotherapists.

ACT Health has established 4 positions for trainee radiotherapists to complete their professional development year. The new graduate radiation therapists have been attracted from interstate and will commence work in Radiation Oncology in 2005

e) The Department of Radiation Oncology at The Canberra Hospital participates in the Capital Region Cancer Service and the Service collaborates closely with the NSW Cancer Institute to progress a comprehensive quality program for all radiation oncology services.

The Capital Region Cancer Service is represented on a national committee, which is examining potential options for an integrated oncology information management system. If such a system is adopted this will allow radiation oncology workload, performance and treatment outcomes to be measured and will enable the ACT service to benchmark its activity and outcomes with other centres elsewhere.

Hospitals—capital works
(Question No 331)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 March 2005:

(1) What funds have been expended to date on the Extension of Psychiatric Secure Unit listed as New Works in the 2004-05 Budget;

(2) What has been delivered for that expenditure;

(3) Is this project still on track to be completed this month; if not, why not; if so, when will the extension be open for use.

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

(1) Funds expended to 31 March 2005 on Psychiatry Services Unit (PSU) total $555,371.45 plus GST ($610,908.60 incl GST)

(2) Work completed to date has provided a new secure reception area including office and workroom, new Low Dependency Unit staff station and new egress doors from the interview rooms. Work is progressing on the new seclusion area extension and internally to Suite B

(3) The project will not be completed at the end of this month. This is due to a number of factors including:

difficulties securing appropriately designed seclusion room doors,

sprinkler system design and approval,

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