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Staff from the ILC have also been actively participating in working groups assessing, planning and advising on specifics required for each service.
Senior staff from the Aged Care & Rehabilitation Service have also met with the Health Care Consumers Association who have indicated their support for the co-location of services, and they are working with ACT Health to communicate changes. Consumer representatives will also be working with staff involved in the move to review models of care at the new site. Consumer representatives are part of the steering group for the relocation.
(7) It is expected that there will be a positive effect on waiting lists and waiting times as a result of the re-location. Because linked services will be located on the one campus, clients and carers will be able to access services during one visit. Currently, if clients require one or more of these services, they need to make individual appointments, usually over more than one day, and they wait for those appointments based on individual waiting lists.
(8) The new co-located service was not established at the Health & Wellbeing Hub at Melrose, as that facility is available only to Non-Government Organisations, who deliver programs that promote the health of our community.
In any case, there would have been insufficient space at Melrose for all of the services which are moving to Village Creek. This would have hampered the objective of establishing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for consumers.
(9) & (10) The new site of the Community Hub at Kambah is 7.5 kilometres from the current ILC location at Weston. The ILC receives clients and visitors from all over the Canberra region, as well as from regional NSW. As for any service required by a large city population it is not possible to locate it so as to be absolutely convenient for all consumers. We are fortunate in the ACT that distances required to travel for most health care services are comparatively short.
ACT Health has been working with management from ACTION Buses to identify any issues for consumers in accessing the new site. Consumer representatives from the Health Care Consumers Association have also been most helpful in identifying concerns from their perspective.
ACT Health is working with key stakeholders to ameliorate any difficulties raised regarding travel to the new centre. As stated above the consumer representatives have been active on the steering group and are assisting to ensure all issues are addressed.
(Question No 236)
Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 24 June 2009:
(1) Given that the ACT Government stated earlier this year that it would not consider further regulation of solariums until the Radiation Health Council delivered a report on this issue, which was expected in March 2009, has the report been delivered.
(2) If the report has not been delivered, when is it now expected.
(3) What are the recommendations from this report.