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5.1 Department of Health Answers to Written Questions



5.1 Department of Health Answers to Written Questions

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IT irolHHEII liliil II II LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY WRITTEN QUESTIONS TEMPLATE - ESTIMATES HEARINGS 2013 QUESTION NO WQ: Office Use Only DATE SUBMITTED 27 May 2013 TO PORTFOLIO Health BUDGET OUTPUT Various FROM QUESTION WQ 0.5 Progress on all commitments, targets and information contained within the December 2012 Mini Budget. Cardiac Services NT Cardiac Pty Ltd was granted Health and Hospital Funding (Federal) of $6.13 million towards establishing an integrated cardiac network in Northern Territory. These funds provide for capital equipment to be bolted on to the public hospital system across three areas: Infrastructure development; Diagnostic capacity; and IT data / communication. A Cardiac Services Steering Committee (CSSC) has been formed and Terms of Reference agreed to oversee the implementation and integration of expanded cardiac services. Three working groups will be established under the auspices of the CSSC to facilitate clinical and system wide involvement in the development of models of care for Cardiac Outreach and Rehabilitation, Angioplasty Service Implementation; and Equipment integration. A CT Scan with cardiology capability has been installed at Alice Springs Hospital. This will avoid the need for patients in Alice Springs to travel to Darwin or interstate for this diagnostic procedure and will enable early detection and management of cardiac disease. It is expected that with the commencement of Cardiac Specialist Outreach services and the CT Scan capability, a high percentage of patients will avoid the necessity of having to progress to further diagnostic procedures such as coronary angiography. In the short to medium term, it is expected that patients from Alice Springs requiring angiography and / or angioplasty will still require referral interstate. Angioplasty Services The CSSC endorsed and the Chief Executive approved the appointment of a 0.5 FTE Cardiac Intervention Specialist. Noting that under existing arrangements with NTPS Enterprise Bargaining Arrangements the medical specialist will likely work an additional 0.5 FTE in private practice. The original scope of the existing contract for Angiography Services with NT Cardiac Pty Ltd was designed to enable inclusion of angioplasty during the five year term. A Scope of Services for a low risk Angioplasty Service is almost complete and NT Cardiac P/L will be required to