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3. The amount in Note 41 for the 2016-17 annual report $36.931 million.

4. The only predetermined amount of money allocated to the PPF is MEE funding, which for the 2017-18 financial year is $18,098 per one FTE staff specialist, as described in the EBA.

5. Of the amounts referred to in parts (3) and (4) above, the only pre-determined amount made available for attendance at conferences is each staff specialist’s MEE funding. No distinction is made between conference attendance (a) overseas and (b) in Australia.

6. There is no remaining amount. Apart from conference attendance, PFF money can be used to support research, scholarships, fellow positions and equipment. MEE monies can only be accessed by staff specialists for approved continuing professional development activities.

7. Conferences are for education and professional development often associated with the Continuing Professional Development obligations of clinical staff as registered health practitioners, or otherwise where there is a clear patient care benefit.

8. Employed health professionals including doctors, nurses and other clinical staff.

9. Application to the relevant Private Practice Administration Fund Committee, which must have ACT Health representation in the majority for agreement to approve funding.

10. Travel and accommodation is in accordance with the ACT Government travel policy and any financial restrictions which may be imposed by the Committee on a case by case basis.

Hospitals—doctors’ working hours
(Question No 527)

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

(1) How many hours do salaried doctors in Canberra’s hospitals work in a normal shift.

(2) During 2016-17 (a) what was the average number of additional hours worked by salaried doctors after their shifts, (b) how many double shifts were worked by salaried doctors in Canberra’s hospitals and (c) what was the average number of shifts per week worked by salaried doctors.

(3) What is the maximum number of hours that a salaried doctor can work without a break of at least four hours.

(4) In what circumstances would salaried doctors be required to work additional hours to a normal shift.

(5) What monitoring occurs to ensure that doctors (a) do not suffer fatigue while on duty or (b) do not make clinical mistakes in the treatment of patients.

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