Page 4524 - Week 12 - Thursday, 26 October 2017

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(1) Does the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) have a mobile dispensing unit for methadone; if so, (a) is it used on a regular basis, (b) in what sections of the prison is it used, (c) which personnel use and monitor it and (d) is the methadone locked within a safe during this process.

(2) Once fully functional, will the IDose system be operated from the health unit.

(3) Will all inmates come to the IDose system for their methadone dose, or will the IDose system be mobile and taken to the inmates.

(4) Is the safe in which the methadone is stored in the AMC freestanding; if so, does it weigh 350 kg or more.

(5) If the safe is not freestanding, is it securely attached to, or embedded in, a concrete floor or a concrete or brick wall.

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

1. There is no mobile dispensing unit for methadone at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). There are currently three systems for administration of methadone at the AMC:


Pre-prepared doses of methadone supplied to Justice Health Services by an external pharmacy delivered by nurses on a medication trolley; and

Nurses dispense methadone from a dispensing pump.

2. idose™ is currently fully functional in the Hume Health Centre (HHC) and in satellite clinics in the accommodation blocks at the AMC. idose™ is not a mobile dispensing unit, it is computerised method of daily dosing of methadone and subxone which uses iris scanning, and biometric technology to accurately identify people.

In October 2017, idose™ as satellite clinics will be rolled out in the remaining areas within the AMC (Women’s, Sentenced Block, Remand Block, and Special Care Centre).

3. idose™ is not a mobile dispensing unit. Detainees will receive their doses from dedicated idose™ points within AMC.

4. The certified medical drug safe in the HHC is free standing and weighs more than 350kg.

5. Not applicable.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—aluminium cladding
(Question No 521)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 25 August 2017:

(1) How much did it cost to put aluminium cladding on the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

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