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Budget 2012-2013 Budget Paper No.3 The Budget



Budget 2012-2013 Budget Paper No.3 The Budget

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140 Department of Health developing a Stakeholder Engagement framework to involve stakeholders in the process of identifying, understanding and responding to issues to better inform the delivery of health and wellbeing services; enhancing patient flow and managing increasing hospital activity through clinical redesign, particularly in surgery and emergency departments; modernising public health legislation to better meet the needs of Territorians through the implementation of thenew Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act, public and environmental health regulationsand establishment of theNational Australian Radiation Dose Register; using cultural security standards within health services to deliver services that are both effective for Aboriginal people and that protect and respect their cultural rights and values; improving Territorians understanding of their own health and the health system in order to increase engagement through health promotion and prevention activities along with publishing regular data on health system performance; reforming the Patient Assistance Travel Scheme to allow for improved approval processes; increasing the Aboriginal workforce to provide a diverse health workforce that meets the needs of Territorians; and participating in Working Future and Territory Growth Towns strategies through local implementation plans to address agreed core primary health care services in each town. The health and wellbeing of Territorians will be better at all stages of life by: making gains in the health and wellbeing of young Territorians through implementing the Northern Territory Early Childhood Plan; ensuring the safety of clients and the community by establishing secure care accommodation services for young people and adults with complex care needs requiring behavioural intervention and support; and promoting integration of primary prevention across multiple professional groups throughout the health sector to provide better care outcomes. The Territory makes considerable headway into lifestyle illnesses by: supporting the implementation of the Northern Territory Nutrition and Physical Activity Action Plan and the Northern Territory Tobacco Action Plan; and improving service delivery under the alcohol reform framework to increase treatment options and pathways for withdrawal support, community outreach programs and referral pathways. Budget Highlights for 2012-13 Health and Wellbeing An additional $12.47million in 2011-12 and $10.7million from 2012-13 for the Patient Assistance Travel scheme to support Territorians living in rural and remote regions who require specialist health services. An additional $12.53million in 2011-12, increasing to $12.73million from 2012-13 for Individual Support Packages to assist clients in the community. An additional $7.78million for hospitals to meet the health and wellbeing needs of those in the community who require acute or specialist care.