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(2) How many women are (a) now participating in the ongoing mentoring program and (b) currently occupying a senior leadership role within the sport and recreation industry, available to assist with the mentoring program, whereby each participant in the mentoring program is linked to a senior female sports official;

(3) What funding is available for this program;

(4) Is the funding for this program one off or will it be a permanent program;

(5) How long will the current program run for and when would a second, if any, such program commence.

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

The program in question is not a government program but rather has been delivered by ACTSPORT. This response has been prepared from information provided by them.

(1) 21 women.

(2) (a) 20 plus six mentors

(b) No participants currently hold senior leadership role. The criteria to enter the program were determined to be less than four years work experience in the sports industry.

(3) Total cost was $12,000 - $5,000 was provided by the Australian Sports Commission with the rest of the costs covered by participants.

(4) Funding is one off but ACTSPORT will seek funding to conduct the program every 2 – 3 years.

(5) Program formally ends in December 2005. A new program may be planned for three years time.

Canberra Hospital—Ronald McDonald family room
(Question No 602)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 20 September 2005:

(1) Why was the Ronald McDonald Family Room at The Canberra Hospital closed for three months;

(2) What sparked the prompt reopening of the Family Room;

(3) What was the total amount of funds provided by McDonald’s to fund the establishment of this room;

(4) What other services are provided at The Canberra Hospital for parents who need to stay with their children while being treated in the paediatric ward;

(5) Will the Government look at improving services to families who wish to stay with their children while being treated in the Paediatric Ward; if so, how; if not, why not.

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