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2) Currently there are 635 patients receiving active treatment through the Lymphoedema service at Calvary Health Care ACT and 68 patients receiving active treatment through the lymphoedema service at Canberra Hospital (as at March 2012).

3) The Government funds Calvary Health Care ACT and Canberra Hospital to fund the delivery of public hospital services, this includes funding for public Lyphoedema services. There is no separate funding identified within the overall funding envelope for Lymphoedema services.

4) Patients accessing Lymphoedmema services at Calvary Hospital or Canberra Hospital receive this service free of charge. This does not include consumable items, which involve some charges to patients.

5) Bioimpedance spectroscopy is considered best practice in the early detection of lymphoedema. Other less advanced methods of assessment are circumferential measures, volume measures, visible swelling and the subjective feelings of the limb.

Biompedance spectroscopy is used for detection of Lymphoedema.

6) Patients with breast cancer who undergo surgery are at risk of developing lymphoedema. To enable early detection and intervention, pre-surgery baseline measures and post-surgery monitoring is undertaken. Public patients having breast surgery at Calvary Hospital are seen pre-operatively by a Breast Care nurse who has access to a bioimpedance spectroscopy device.

7) In developed countries, lymphoaedema is most commonly associated with the treatment of cancer. Prevalence of 12- 60% have been reported in breast cancer patients and 28 – 47% in patients treated for gynaecological cancer (Best Practice for the Management of Lymphoedema: International Consensus, 2006). There is no ACT data available on this statistic.

Housing—Northbourne flats
(Question No 2035)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 21 February 2012:

(1) Does the ACT Government have a consultation plan with regards to the manner in which it is engaging with tenants of Northbourne flats about the potential redevelopment; if so, can the Minister provide a copy; if not, what are they future key dates and processes for the ACT Government’s engagement and consultation with tenants of Northbourne flats about the site’s redevelopment.

(2) What communications has the ACT Government had with the tenants of Northbourne flats to date about the potential redevelopment and can the Minister provide copies of notifications and letters to all tenants.

(3) How does the ACT Government intend to include tenants of Northbourne flats in the decision making process about the site’s redevelopment.

(4) Why weren’t tenants included in the decision making process regarding the preferred design for the redeveloped site and who was included in that decision making process.

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