Page 4215 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 21 September 2010

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Overall, chronic conditions accounted for approximately 80 per cent of the total burden of disease and injury. Anxiety and depression was the leading specific cause of burden of disease in the ACT, with one in 10 ACT residents reporting psychological distress at high to very high levels.

Awareness and detection of chlamydial infections have increased, resulting in increased notification of chlamydial infections. Since 2006, several programs, services and campaigns targeting chlamydia have been conducted that focus on outreach screening and testing, and facilitate diagnosis and treatment of chlamydia infections.

Cancer continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality and a major contributor to the total burden of disease in the ACT. Challenges for the government will include ensuring adequate health services are available to manage the growing burden of cancer in the community and improving screening and treatment services to ensure early effective treatment and management. The cancer services plan 2008-12 provides the framework for the delivery of a comprehensive multidisciplinary and integrated model of care to the people of the ACT and south-east New South Wales.

The government acknowledges the health issues and opportunities for health gain identified in the report and will use this information to inform future healthcare policy and planning in the ACT. I commend the 2010 Chief Health Officer’s report to the Assembly.

In closing, I would like to put on the record my thanks to the population health division within ACT Health, to the Chief Health Officer, Dr Charles Guest, the acting chief health officers and all those who work with the chief health officers in serving this community, which I think they do very well.


Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 17 March 2010, a report on wood smoke in the Tuggeranong Valley.

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Legal Aid Act—Legal Aid (Commissioner—ACTCOSS Nominee) Appointment 2010—Disallowable Instrument DI2010-191 (LR, 26 August 2010).

Nature Conservation Act—Nature Conservation (Species and Ecological Communities) Declaration 2010—Disallowable Instrument DI2010-194 (LR, 23 August 2010).

Planning and Development Act—Planning and Development (Namadgi National Park) Plan of Management 2010—Disallowable Instrument DI2010-192 (LR, 19 August 2010).

Public Place Names Act—Public Place Names (Hall) Determination 2010 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2010-195 (LR, 26 August 2010).

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