Page 3840 - Week 12 - Thursday, 24 October 2013

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considering the monitors, the monitors were assessed against a detailed technical specification which they were required to comply with to proceed to field trials.

Mr Wall asked me what other monitors were considered and why they were not successful. There were three responses to the call for tender. One response did not meet the minimum technical requirements and it was excluded from further assessment. Two monitors proceeded to field trials. During field testing, the monitor not selected was found to have a number of functions that would have proved incompatible in the operational environment.

Mr Wall also asked whether the company set the lowest cost and whether they were provided from the supplier directly. Value for money was considered; however, it was not the single determinant for selection of the product.

Yesterday Mrs Jones asked me whether there had been an increase in Comcare claims, and if so, how many. The number of claims submitted to Comcare in the last five years has been 138 in 2008, 114 in 2009, 127 in 2010, 104 in 2011, 121 in 2012 and 78 as of 23 October. The numbers of claims submitted differs, obviously, from the numbers accepted by Comcare following a review.

Mr Coe yesterday asked me a question around an explanation of staff increases in the corporate and support division of the directorate. There has been an increase of 90 full-time equivalent staff relating to a number of different areas, including some clinical areas.

There have been 35.6 full-time equivalents in e-health and clinical records. The majority of these staff were temporary to undertake clinical coding and medical record scanning of paper-based records to electronic storage. Others support the work of the health infrastructure program and the healthy e-futures program.

There were 20.2 full-time equivalents in service and capital planning, working on the health infrastructure program, mainly as a result of ACT Health having subsumed the health infrastructure program project director function during this time—which I did speak on yesterday—in the handover from ThinkHealth.

There have been 19.8 full-time equivalents in business and infrastructure. This includes food service as well as biomedical support, which includes radiation oncology, biomedical engineering, biomedical physics and sterilising services, which provide essential support to the growing front-line services.

Member interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Sorry; this is quite detailed. There have been 6.9 full-time equivalents in people strategy and services; four of those—four out of seven, or four out of 6.9—were funded by Health Workforce Australia as well as nurses and midwives undertaking refresher training.

There were 4.9 full-time equivalents in performance and innovation, including positions funded through the national partnership agreement to support the implementation of activity-based funding.

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