Page 737 - Week 02 - Thursday, 16 February 2017

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Access Canberra has also been working with Mr Baldwin to facilitate him meeting his obligations under ACT regulations around food, liquor and building compliance.

On 23 December 2016 Access Canberra and ACT Health met with Mr Baldwin at his premises.  Access Canberra will continue to work with Mr Baldwin in relation to his regulatory responsibilities.

I am also advised representatives from ActewAGL and Access Canberra recently met with Mr Baldwin and his electrical contractor on Thursday 12 January 2017 to progress discussions in relation to the electricity supply at his premises.

Following this meeting, ActewAGL received an application from Baldwin Distillery confirming their preferred connection option, allowing the project to progress. The next stage of this work involves a quote and contract to be provided to Baldwin Distillery.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—methadone program

Mr Rattenbury (in reply to a question by Ms Lee and a supplementary question by Mrs Jones on Wednesday, 14 December 2016):

As a responsible Minister I am answering the questions taken on notice by the Minister for Health.

(1) Detainees are prescribed methadone as clinically indicated by a medical officer.

As with any prison in Australia, detainees are prescribed methadone for a number of reasons. In the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), methadone is prescribed if:

They are part of a community based methadone program prior to detention.

They are in withdrawal at the point of induction into the AMC.

They seek access to the program during their detention as a result of using illicit drugs in prison.

They have chronic pain issues that require this level of medication.

Justice Health Services operates within the ACT Opioid Maintenance Treatment Guidelines 2012 which regulate all methadone prescription in the ACT.

The availability of methadone for detainees at the AMC is part of an effective evidence-based treatment.

The number of detainees on the methadone program on 14 December 2016 was 141.

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