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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 16 February 2017) . . Page.. 674 ..


“Correspondence, including patient letters and reports, should be completed promptly (within ten (10) business days) following each patient contact”.

(2) The current waiting time for a patient triaged as urgent to access a home based sleep study is 30 days. The current waiting time for a patient triaged as urgent or semi urgent to access a hospital based sleep study is 152 days.

The recommended timeframe by ASA/NATA standards is as follows:

“Urgent cases should be assessed and studied in less than four (4) weeks. Non-urgent cases should be assessed and studied in less than four (4) months. Where a case is found to require urgent treatment for a sleep disorder, treatment should be commenced within one (1) month”.

(3) At Canberra Hospital, there are currently 129 patients waiting for Hospital-Based Sleep Study and 39 patients waiting for home-based sleep study.

(4) At the Canberra Hospital Sleep Laboratory, 200 patients were diagnosed to have moderate to severe sleep apnoea (57 per cent) in 2016 out of 349 diagnostic sleep studies conducted.

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate—FOI requests
(Question No 11)

Mr Coe asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 16 December 2016:

(1) How many requests were received under the Freedom of Information Act 1989 (FOI Act) by the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17 to date.

(2) How many of the total number of requests received in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17 to date (i) were finalised within the timeframe as specified by the FOI Act and (ii) are yet to be finalised.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1)

(a) 229

Source: http://www.justice.act.gov.au/page/view/4041/title/annual-report-2015-2016

(b) 127 (as at 16 December 2016)

(2) The FOI Act provides for extension of the original due date by 30 days in cases where third-party consultation is required, by a relevant number of days when applicants have been notified of a liability to pay charges, and for extensions to be negotiated with the applicant. Readily available data does not identify instances in which due dates were extended under these circumstances.


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