Page 3622 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 26 August 2008

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year, largely because of the population growth and changes in age structure. The incidence of diabetes also continues and is expected to continue.

The ACT government has taken a comprehensive approach to addressing these issues and is supporting a range of current and planned initiatives. In the 2004-05 budget $2 million is allocated to combating childhood obesity. This funding supports physical activity programs focusing on children and families.

In addition, the health promotion grants program provides funding for a variety of health promoting activities in schools and in the community, focusing on good nutrition and the promotion of physical activity. The ACT government provides ongoing support for the Go for 2&5 fruit and vegetable campaign, a campaign which promotes healthy eating across all age groups.

ACT Health is also implementing a range of strategies and plans to support prevention and management of chronic disease. These include the ACT primary care strategy, the ACT chronic diseases strategy and the ACT diabetes services plan.

In 2005 the capital region cancer service was established to integrate existing services and improve client access and service delivery across ACT Health and New South Wales Greater Southern Area Health Service. Radiation oncology services are being broadened with the installation of the third linear accelerator that I opened in July this year, increasing capacity by 30 per cent.

The government acknowledges the health issues and opportunities for health gains identified in the report. They will be used as a map to guide future health care policy and planning in the ACT. I would also like to acknowledge at this point the contribution of two Chief Health Officers—the previous Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Dugdale, and the current Chief Health Officer, Dr Charles Guest. I thank them for providing this very important report to the government and, through me, the Assembly.


Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

ACT Property Crime Reduction Strategy 2004-2007—Building a safer community—Fourth progress report.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Report 6—government response

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 6—Police Powers of Crowd Control—Government response.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the government response.

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