Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 30 November 2017) . . Page.. 5605 ..
ACT Health is unable to match emergency department data to dog incident data reported by Transport Canberra and City Services.
Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—capacity
Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a question and supplementary questions by Mrs Dunne and Mrs Jones on Tuesday, 24 October 2017):
1. There were short periods of time during September 2017 when the delivery suite and maternity wards at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC) were over capacity. The flow and treatment of patients was managed appropriately and there were no compromises to patient care.
2. Yes, there were short periods of time during September 2017 when the delivery suite and maternity ward at Calvary Public Hospital was at but not over capacity.
3. CHWC have devised strategies to address the escalating demands for maternity services. These include:
• Using beds in the Birth Centre in additional to the Birth Suite.
• Additional medical and Midwifery staff rostered and the introduction of Assistants in Midwifery to maternity services.
• The hours of the Maternity Assessment Unit have been extended. This assessment service is for pregnant women with concerns (e.g. reduced fetal movements) or requiring assessment of early labour.
• Active encouragement by CPH and CHWC of the community and General Practitioners to use the services on offer at Calvary and Queanbeyan Hospitals where appropriate.
• Appropriate facilitate early discharge with midwifery follow up at home through Midcall program.
ACT Policing—gun ownership
Mr Gentleman (in reply to a question by Ms Le Couteur on Thursday, 26 October 2017):
Under the Firearms Act 1996, two approvals from the Firearms Registrar are required before a person can acquire a firearm: a firearms licence and a permit to acquire.
The Firearms Registrar must consider certain statutory criteria before issuing a person with a firearms licence, including that the Registrar is satisfied about the applicant’s identity and that they are a suitable person to hold a firearms licence. Applicants must also show that they have a genuine reason to possess or use a firearm. Firearms licences are issued naming the relevant category of firearm to which they pertain.
The Firearms Registrar must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that a person has a good reason to acquire a firearm before issuing the person with a permit to acquire a firearm. Permits to acquire may only be issued where the acquirer already holds a licence authorising the acquirer to possess firearms.