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Government is providing a career path for dieticians within the fields of clinical practice, leadership and management, research and education; promoting a learning environment that increases knowledge and skills; providing new undergraduates with a more senior worker to ensure mentoring and ongoing professional development.

Strategies developed to attract and retain new graduates, particularly Generation Y, include a “budding” system so they can better connect with a more senior worker to provide mentoring and support to assist in the transition to the new professional environment. New graduates also have access to 2 clinical specialist dieticians who have expert knowledge in clinical dietetics as Generation Y are well educated and expect effective professional development.

ACT Health Nutrition Department has a significant number of clinical practice guidelines and policies that assist new dietician graduates who are on a steep learning curve when commencing the transition to practice in ACT Health.

All new dietician graduates participate in the performance management process and a learning and development plan identifies future learning needs. In addition, they participate in the ACT Health dietician Journal Club and after 12 months employment have access to the Allied Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.

As part of the Dietetics Association of Australia Accredited Practicing Dietician Program all new graduates are encouraged to have an external mentor to provide further clinical and professional support for the new graduate. ACT Health supports this process.

(3) The ACT Health vacancy rate for dieticians in August – October 2005 was 10% and ACT Health is currently in the process of recruiting 2 permanent dietician positions.

Petrol stations
(Question No 946)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 16 February 2006:

(1) How many petrol stations were operating in the ACT as at 1 January each year since 1980.

(2) In what suburb was each petrol station referred to in part (1) located.

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

(1) & (2) Information relating to how many petrol stations were operating in the ACT in each year since 1980 is not available. A report on service stations, which was prepared by Mobil Oil Australia Ltd for the ACT Administration in September 1989, shows the number and location of service stations in Canberra/Queanbeyan (Refer to list and map at Attachment A). It indicates that the total number of sites for the ACT/Queanbeyan was 100 for 1989 (with 84 in the ACT).

A Report of the ACT Government Working Group on Petrol Prices, November 1992 indicates:

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