Page 2160 - Week 07 - Thursday, 16 May 2013

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MR RATTENBURY: I do not know there is anything specific, Mr Coe. I am happy to seek some further advice on that. I think, as I have just indicated, TAMS is providing services right across the city. Things will vary from year to year. Certain parts of town will have certain additional resources invested as the need arises. So, for example, in the electorate of Ginninderra that you have just asked about, there is a very significant project going on down at the southern end of Lake Ginninderra to clean out the gross pollutant trap there which, over the years, has accumulated a significant level of pollution. There is quite a major revamp going on there. So that is a large investment that is taking place. But those sorts of things are happening around town all the time, as is required. I do not think it is about being parochial about one’s electorate; it is about delivering the services the city needs.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Given the increases in rates paid by residents in Gungahlin, are there any specific increases in services that have been provided to that area?

MR RATTENBURY: I refer you to the answer I just gave to Mr Coe.

Health—chronic conditions

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Health. Can the minister outline the key elements of the government’s chronic conditions strategy 2013-18?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Dr Bourke for the question. This is an important strategy and it does not get a lot of attention in discussions about the ACT health system. The chronic conditions strategy, which we have just released and which is available online, sets out a clear direction for the care and support of those people living with chronic conditions in the ACT, for the next five years.

The development of the strategy was very consultative—with the community and stakeholders, including those involved in the delivery of health care, but also very much with consumer and carer organisations. The strategy contains several priority areas to improve care and services for people with chronic conditions, including the better use of existing services, improved access to services and improved early detection of illnesses.

Under the strategy, services in the ACT have agreed to work together to ensure that the health system is patient and carer centred, that it is evidence informed and that any person living with a chronic condition receives appropriate screening and early detection; receives the right care, in the right place, at the right time, from the right team; has a plan which supports active participation in their care; is aware of relevant support options and how to access them; is provided with the information and support to stay healthy and/or minimise the risk of other conditions; and does not have to repeat their story unnecessarily. I know that is a big issue for people who are frequent users of the health system.

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