Page 5188 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 18 November 2009

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MR BARR: The department and schools abide by a range of protocols and procedures. Some, of course, are relevant to the individual cases of students within their care. Of course, the department has a broader policy that is available online for the member.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: I may have misheard, but I believe there was an interjection from the gallery, from the Labor side of the gallery, an audible interjection, that sounded like “you’re a joke”. I would ask that you remind members of the gallery of the appropriate forms of behaviour in this place or seek to remove the injector.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, while such interjections would be out of order, I must confess that I did not hear anything. I will keep an eye on that. If it happens again, we will deal with it as required.

Mr Hanson: Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Canberra Hospital—tuberculosis exposure

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health and is in relation to the recent case of tuberculosis exposure in the postnatal unit of the Canberra Hospital. Minister, can you confirm reports that the strain of tuberculosis was found to be a multi-drug-resistant strain of the infection and advise the Assembly what the implications of this are?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I will not, because that would breach the Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary?

MR HANSON: Have you met or personally spoken with the families of those children who have been treated for TB—or were being—and apologised to them? If not, why not?

MS GALLAGHER: I think two of the families have been in contact with my office. My health adviser has spoken personally to Dr Ellis, and I have written to Dr Ellis in response to concerns she has raised with me.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question?

MR SMYTH: Yes, a supplementary, thank you, Mr Speaker.


MR SMYTH: Minister, will you table in the Assembly the visits and shared-room policy of the Canberra Hospital and, if not, why not?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, I am very happy to provide the policy to the Assembly. Indeed, I think that is the correspondence that I signed off today to Dr Ellis. It is the guidelines for the maternity unit.

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