Page 829 - Week 02 - Thursday, 12 February 2009

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The Health Hearing Program is recurrently funded ($133 300 in 2008-09) by ACT Health to provide a comprehensive screening service, appropriate treatment, including surgical intervention and hearing health education.

In addition, the Midwifery Access Program is recurrently funded ($304 480 in 2008/09) to provide antenatal and postnatal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers through:

• outreach clinical and non-clinical assessments at home;

• referrals to and support in accessing mainstream and specialist services; and

• the provision of information on these services.

The Canberra Hospital

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Office is located in the Canberra Hospital. It ensures that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the ACT and surrounding region can access hospital services in a culturally appropriate way.

The Liaison Office provides:

• emotional, social and cultural support to patients and their families;

• liaison services for patients and their families; and

• information about hospital services and the linkage between the Hospital and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community resources.

Indigenous education objectives

The latest progress report on the Indigenous education objectives set out in the Canberra Social Plan and the ACT Human Capital Plan, is the Performance in Indigenous Education: Interim report to the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory January-June 2008, tabled in the Assembly in September 2008.

Hospitals—wards and operating theatres
(Question No 13)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 1 December 2008:

(1) Can the Minister list the number of wards originally constructed at (a) The Canberra Hospital (TCH) and (b) Calvary Public Hospital (Calvary).

(2) Of those wards listed in part (1), how many are now being used for purposes other than the provision of bed spaces.

(3) In relation to part (2), what impact has the use of ward space for other purposes had on the number of possible bed spaces at TCH and Calvary.

(4) How many operating theatres are located at TCH and Calvary.

(5) Of these operating theatres listed in part (4), how many are in use.

(6) What is the usage of those operating theatres listed in parts (4) and (5) in terms of hours per day.

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