Page 2939 - Week 07 - Thursday, 7 June 2012

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(4) In the 2011-12 financial year to date, the cost of the Veterans’ Liaison Office is $213,500. It is noted that the Health Directorate receives revenue from the DVA for the number of inpatients provided with a service. However, this revenue is provided to the Health Directorate as a whole and does not relate to the cost or running of the Veterans’ Liaison Office.

Health Directorate—lactation consultant
(Question No 2249)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 2 May 2012:

Does ACT Health employ any lactation nurses or consultants for new mothers; if so, (a) how many full-time equivalent (FTE) people are employed, (b) what is the cost to ACT Health per FTE per annum and (c) how many patients per annum use this service.

Ms Gallagher: I am advised that the answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(a) The ACT Government Health Directorate currently has one FTE staff member employed as a dedicated lactation consultant. This position was created in September 2011 and is based at the Canberra Hospital (TCH). The position works across the TCH campus and may see breastfeeding women in maternity, antenatal services, emergency department, the Walk-in Centre, or any other part of the hospital where the woman or the baby are breastfeeding.

In addition to this dedicated lactation consultant position, there is a significant number of health professionals who are certified with the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). These staff incorporate their lactation knowledge and skills into their everyday work as nurses, Maternal and Child Health Nurses, midwives, doctors and allied health professionals. This cannot be quantified with regards to costing as they are not remunerated in addition to their regular salary.

(b) The cost of the dedicated lactation consultant is $80,184 (excluding on-costs) per annum.

(c) Since its inception the lactation consultant has provided a service to approximately 615 women on an individual basis and conducted 71 clinics or group sessions to many more parents. Some of these groups are intended for staff with an aim of providing professional development.

Health Directorate—procurement exemptions
(Question No 2250)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 2 May 2012:

(1) Given that within the ACT Government Contracts Register the procurement processes for contracts (a) 2012.18543.210 – Provision of Business Architecture Consultancy Services – Execution Date 19/3/2012 – Contract Value $234,212 (GST Inclusive) and (b) 2012.19059.210 – ACT Health Directorate – Capital Works Upgrade – Execution

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