Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 31 July 2018) . . Page.. 2403 ..
over the age of 18 who are experiencing mental illness or recovering from surgery, illness or injury.
Patients are now receiving care in the adult mental health inpatient rehabilitation and day services, the inpatient rehabilitation units that have opened, including the neurological unit, Stromlo, the older persons rehabilitation unit, Majura, and the general rehabilitation unit, Namadgi, and general rehabilitation and aged-care day and ambulatory services in the Brindabella rehabilitation service.
On 10 July the majority of Brindabella rehabilitation centre services and the adult mental health day service commenced at UCH. The exceptions to this were medical clinics and hydrotherapy. On Tuesday, 17 July inpatient services began, when patients were transferred from Canberra Hospital, Brian Hennessy House and Calvary Public Hospital. On Monday, 23 July rehabilitation medicine clinics and hydrotherapy services commenced. The final service, the aged-care assessment team, relocated to UCH just yesterday.
This specialist facility offers tailored physical and mental health programs that will be developed in partnership with patients, their families and carers. Patients cannot present to the hospital without an appointment or with health conditions that need urgent treatment. Most people will be referred to UCH by their general practitioner, specialist, allied health professionals or nursing staff, although some will be able to refer themselves for some of the services by contacting the ACT Health community health intake line.
Being a dedicated rehabilitation hospital means that UCH does not have an ED or perform surgical operations. It is a hospital that is truly dedicated to rehabilitation, recovery and research. We are also delighted to have over 50 University of Canberra staff as well as numerous UC students who are on campus, learning and researching. (Time expired.)
Canberra Hospital—radiology department
MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. I refer to an interview on ABC radio with Mr Stephen Crook of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation regarding the Canberra Hospital radiology department. Mr Crook said that his federation had been raising concerns about the radiology department since May 2017. He claimed that there was concern about the shortage of staff and rostering. Minister, why was the Canberra Hospital so slow to respond to concerns raised by the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation last May?
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Dunne for the question. I did not hear the interview. Perhaps it was while I was on leave. With regard to accreditation in the radiology department, it is important to note that it is accreditation for training. That issue was discussed during the estimates committee hearing. I understand, from memory, that there are some recommendations in the estimates report. Certainly there was discussion on that. As members will subsequently have become aware, ACT Health has not received the final report from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists at this stage but has been working through a number of their