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b) Instances of misuse are managed between clinical teams at the time of patient care and noted for review. Incidences of overuse or misuse are also overseen by the Healthcare Associated Infections Standards group within ACT Health as part of its approach to antibiotics governance. Trends in misuse or overuse are collated and addressed in a risk assessed way in line with ACT Risk Management Policy and actioned via the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team’s continuous quality improvement cycle. Trends are also highlighted with the relevant Clinical and Executive Directors for appropriate action with their divisions and staff.

c) ACT Health reviews its clinical policies and procedures on a regular basis, to ensure they are consistent with best practice and the organisation’s needs. Changes to policy and procedure can be the result of the quality improvement process.

4. CHHS response is to continue to:

(1) participate in Microbiological and Antimicrobial surveillance activities that contribute to ongoing data collection for national analysis and comparison, using the data to help to target key issues for further work.

(2) support AMS programs within hospital to reduce antimicrobial usage whilst optimising therapeutic usage and reducing emergence of multi-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile.

(3) support Infection Prevention and Control activities to reduce the emergence and transmission of multi-resistant organisms and reduce healthcare associated infections.

Waste—dumping and collecting
(Question No 507)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 18 August 2017:

(1) What compliance and enforcement processes does the ACT Government have to prevent the stockpiling and illegal dumping of waste by private companies in the ACT, noting that The Canberra Times reported on 15 August 2017 that glass from company Group 8 was exported from the ACT in 2014 and dumped on a property off the Federal Highway at Lake George.

(2) What oversight does the ACT Government have of private companies who are subcontracted by ACT Government contractors to manage ACT waste products.

(3) What role does the ACT EPA have in preventing the export of waste products from the ACT by private companies.

(4) What role will the ACT Government play in removing the glass that was reportedly exported from the ACT and dumped by Group 8.

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

(1) The Environment Protection Act 1997 (the EP Act), provides a framework for the regulation of activities within the ACT that may result in environmental harm. The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Act 2016 (the WMRR Act) provides management of waste activities, including transporting and depositing waste. Under the Act, all waste transporters and facilities in the ACT must be registered or

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