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e) In the last five months MHJHADS has continued to progress the work on three workforce priority areas:

Defined Recruitment;

Strengthen Graduate Pathways; and

Prioritise occupational violence initiatives.

As well as developing:

2019 United Kingdom recruitment campaign for specialist and senior specialist Psychiatrists

2019 United Kingdom recruitment drive for Mental Health qualified Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.

2020 National Advertising Campaigns for Staff Specialist and Senior Staff Specialist Psychiatrist

2020 Health Professional 1 Graduate Program – Social Workers and Occupational Therapists

Progressing the Allied Health Assistant workforce strategy for allied health professionals in community mental health.

Strengthen internal processes to high-level, immediate response to distressing experience.

MHJHADS Essential Education for 2020.

(A copy of the attachment is available at the Chamber Support Office).

(Question No 2862)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 29 November 2019:

(1) In relation to the Minister’s ministerial statement of 28 November 2019 on the Hydrotherapy Pool, how many extra additional hydrotherapy treatment sessions are Arthritis ACT delivering over the funded 614 sessions a year.

(2) What is the estimated additional cost of providing these services.

(3) What is the projected growth in demand for hydrotherapy services over the next four to five years and what is the projected additional costs to the budget.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Over the course of the 2018-19 financial year, Arthritis ACT provided 1330 hydrotherapy sessions, 716 more than the 614 sessions funded by the ACT Government. Recent data provided by Arthritis ACT as part of ongoing discussions indicate that this number continues to grow and it is now delivering approximately three times the number of sessions specified in the Service Funding Agreement (SFA).

(2) According to the EOFY Financial Report received by the ACT Health Directorate from Arthritis ACT, total expenditure, inclusive of outputs required under the SFA (that is, 614 hydrotherapy sessions, community education activities, ongoing support groups, newsletters and the provision of support and information) was $408,011 for 2018 19. This figure is $174,467 greater than the $233,544 funding provided under the 2018-19 SFA by the ACT Government.

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