Page 4144 - Week 11 - Thursday, 21 September 2017

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(6) What are the Government’s strategies to (a) attract pediatric specialists to the ACT and (b) retain pediatric specialists in the ACT.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Paediatric specialist services provided in the ACT include:

a) Private local practitioners: Developmental and general paediatrics and neonatal care.

b) Salaried local practitioners: Paediatric gastroenterology, general paediatrics, paediatric oncology and palliative care, paediatric endocrinology, paediatric nephrology, paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine, general paediatric and neonatal surgery, paediatric endoscopy, paediatric emergency medicine, Child at Risk and Clinical Forensic Medicine services, community paediatrics and paediatric immunology.

c) Private visiting medical officers: General paediatrics with neurology, general paediatrics and neonatal care, neonatal surgery, paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine.

d) Salaried or contracted visiting medical officers: Paediatric cardiology, paediatric neurology, paediatric gastroenterology, paediatric haematology and oncology, paediatric rheumatology, paediatric dermatology, paediatric genetics, paediatric ophthalmology.

(2) On average per month, the following services were provided to paediatric patients in the public system in the ACT during 2016-17:


(a) ACT Residents

(b) Residents Outside ACT

Paediatrics Elective Surgery



Paediatric Inpatient Services



Paediatric Outpatient Services



(3) The following services are not provided in the ACT:

a) Paediatric High Dependency (HDU) and Paediatric Intensive care (PICU), (currently in planning phase)

b) Complex Paediatric Surgery requiring paediatric intensive care follow-up

c) Elective Paediatric Orthopaedics (the general orthopaedics service treats non-elective and trauma paediatric orthopaedics cases)

d) Paediatric Dialysis

e) Paediatric Renal or Liver Biopsy

f) Cardiac Catheterisation and Surgery

g) Elective and Semi-elective Neurosurgery

h) Intensive chemotherapy for childhood cancers

i) Dedicated Adolescent Services

j) Infant Sleep Studies

(4) ACT Health does not collect data on demand for paediatric services not provided in the ACT.

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