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(2) Have there been any instances where ACT Pathology has given patient information to doctors in breach of ACT privacy laws over the past four years; if so, what happened in these instances, and what action has been taken to prevent breaches of ACT privacy laws.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) ACT Pathology is an accredited pathology laboratory under the standards determined by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC). As such it fulfils all the requirements that are necessary under the standards required for the National Association of Testing Authorities/Royal College of Pathologists of Australiasia (NATA/RCPA) accreditation (Requirements for Information Communication 2007). This included substantial clauses concerning privacy principles to cover all jurisdictions in Australia.

(2) ACT Pathology is unaware of any breach of privacy laws in providing patient’s information to doctors in breach of ACT Privacy Laws over the past four years. As required under NPAAC standards there is a record of all access to results (an audit trail). In ACT Pathology the audit trail is stored and shown on all results accessed electronically.

Kangaroo cull
(Question No 2101)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 25 June 2008:

(1) On what date did the cull of kangaroos at the Belconnen Naval Transmitting Station (a) start and (b) finish;

(2) During what hours were kangaroos killed throughout the cull period;

(3) Were any persons responsible for inspecting and ensuring the welfare of the kangaroos throughout the cull; if so, (a) who and (b) what were their qualifications; if not, why not;

(4) What percentage of the time referred to in part (2) were they present throughout the cull;

(5) What monitoring activities did they undertake;

(6) Were any security guards employed or contracted to be present during the period referred to in part (1); if so, (a) who and (b) what activities did they undertake; if not, why not;

(7) What drug or drugs were used to tranquilise the kangaroos during the cull;

(8) How did the person responsible for tranquilising the kangaroos adjust the (a) dosage rate of tranquiliser and (b) velocity of the tranquiliser gun to compensate for different kangaroo weights and sizes;

(9) What was the target area on the body of the kangaroos for the tranquilising darts;

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