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The number of Radiation Therapists has now reached establishment and an extra 1.6 Radiation Oncologists are about to be employed.

(2) The ACT participates in the national breast cancer and cervical screening programs. A trial of bowel screening is about to commence under the control of the Australian Government.

These programs target asymptomatic patients. Symptomatic patients are encouraged to visit their General Practitioner for appropriate advice.

(3) The ACT already has access to several gamma probes. Two probes are available at Calvary, one at John James Hospital. The availability of these probes in the ACT has enabled ACT surgeons to perform sentinel lymph node biopsies, which are associated with a reduced level of complications than traditional methods. The probes are used during surgery for breast cancer in the ACT on women who have been assessed as clinically suitable.

(4) BreastScreen ACT is currently examining ways to increase efficiency in BreastScreen and lead to a greater number of women in the target age group being screened. Current throughput indicates that ACT will meet its target for 2005-06.

Healthpact Research Centre
(Question No 613)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

(1) What is the total amount of annual funding available to the Healthpact Research Centre to award research scholarships;

(2) What are the recurrent costs of operation of the Healthpact Research Centre;

(3) How many scholarships (a) is it anticipated will be awarded annually and (b) have been awarded to date and for what purpose;

(4) How many requests for scholarships have been made and of those requests how many applicants were successful.

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

(1) The Healthpact Research Centre for Health Promotion and Wellbeing will award $16,000 in 2006 and $16,000 in 2007 to research scholarships. Overall $227,000 will be allocated to grants, visiting fellows, scholarships and research support.

(2) The recurrent cost of operation for 2005-07 is $710,499. Healthpact is contributing $610,500 and University of Canberra is contributing $99,999. It is planned that the Center will also generate funding through successful research and evaluation applications.

(3) These would amount to 1 scholarship worth $16,000 or 2 worth $8,000 in both 2006 and 2007. The projects must fit within the Center’s aims and priority research and evaluation areas.

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