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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 26 October 2017) . . Page.. 4565 ..


closed, the register is updated and plans are instigated to develop Risk Action Control Plans for each risk. The risk register is used as a tool to prioritise work activity within the HIS group and also inform future project submissions for consideration. All ACT Health stakeholders through Executive leads are encouraged to proactively identify infrastructure risk in a consistent/objective manner using a risk matrix approach based on likelihood and consequence.

4. AECOM were engaged in 2015 to undertake a high level desktop review and visual inspection of the ACT Health facilities with the purpose of developing an asset condition report for the ACT Health Facilities. The consultant resource provided by AECOM enabled ACT Health to develop a consolidated and contemporary status update on the condition of ACT Health facilities.

5. The risk associated with Polyethylene Aluminum Composite Panels (ACPs) was added to the HIS risk register following receipt of the Defire Report into the use of ACPs on the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC). Planning work is underway to address the risk associated with the CHWC building with an expectation that work will commence before the end of 2017 and be completed by June 2018, subject to the outcome of an open tender process. In the interim, steps have been taken to increase the frequency of fire system checks within the building as well as additional emergency management drills/awareness for CHWC staff.

ACT Health—opioid treatment review
(Question No 608)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 15 September 2017:

(1) What is the Government’s response to the Penington Institute’s 2017 Overdose Report and its claim that “Fentanyl, a dangerous drug 100 times more potent than pure morphine is at the forefront of Australia’s drug overdose crisis”, and that “diverted fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is killing hundreds of Australians amid the country’s escalating overdose problem”.

(2) Is fentanyl used in the ACT’s opioid treatment program; if so, how many patients have died as a result of overdoses.

(3) Will the new opioid treatment guidelines rule out the use of fentanyl in the program; if not, why not.

(4) Has or will the Government consult with the Penington Institute in the development of its opioid treatment guidelines; if so, (a) what were the outcomes or recommendations and (b) will the recommendations be adopted in the guidelines; if not, why not.

(5) If the Penington Institute is not to be consulted, why not.

(6) What other opioids will be ruled out for use under the opioid treatment guidelines.

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

1. Any death resulting from a drug overdose is a tragedy. According to table 4 on page 19 of the Pennington’s Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2017, the ACT (combined


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