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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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Tabled paper 357


Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




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TE TTippisipi ii"[o::oioii mnLEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY to them before end June 2013. Expected completion date for the work is September. On handover, BushMob will commence its expanded service. Forensic Supported Accommodation Legacy Item: $0,503 million ongoing operational. The Forensic Supported Accommodation Service commenced 12 July 2012. The service comprises a leased property at 43 Ficus Court, Virginia which accommodated three clients released from custody on Non Custodial Supervision Orders (NCSO). The NCSO contained conditions that the clients lived at the property and followed the directions of the Forensic Mental Health Team. 24/7 care is provided by Mental Health Support Workers employed through ITEC Employment Agency and there is one staff member present at all times. The service provides extensive rehabilitation and life skill development opportunities and activities onsite and in the community programs offered by non Government organisations, Top End Mental Health Consumers Organisation (TEMHCO) and Foundation of Rehabilitation with Aboriginal Alcohol Related Difficulties (FORWAARD). Clients pay rent of $150 per week and ongoing mental health case management and care is monitored and reviewed by Forensic Mental Health Service. NCSO is reviewed annually by Supreme Court and less stringent conditions can be attained based on risk assessment for self and community. The program has been very successful and a fourth client is currently being transitioned from the prison as part of his reintegration program. Whilst further options in Central Australia are being explored the current budget allocation does not allow for that expansion at this time. Remote Mobile Breast Screening Legacy Item: $0,725 million operational ongoing from 2014/15 The Well Womens Cancer Screening (WWCS) is funded through agreements with the Australian Government. Services are provided to all Territorians, with screenings undertaken in the six major urban centres. The participation rate in the Northern Territory is lower than the Australian average (Women aged 50-69 is 41.5 percent against the Australian average of 56 percent). The 2013 cohort is on track to increase by 1000 women when compared with the 2011 cohort. Usually women from remote regions travel to the closest centre for their screening. To commence addressing the low percentage of participation of eligible women in the NT, WWCS has been working with remote communities who have had funding to cover the cost of clinics in remote locations with a clinic conducted in Wadeye in March 2013. During the two week clinic, 168 women were screened. Ninety two of these women were in the target age group, representing 90 percent participation from that group. In March 2012, the Northern Territory Government entered into a $1.8million National Partnership Agreement that will support the purchase of a 4WD mobile vehicle and develop a service site in Palmerston to be operational by June 2014. It is anticipated that the Remote Mobile unit will provide on-site services to up to twenty communities on a two year cycle. This will also help to increase the participation rates within the NT. Progress is well underway to procure the 4WD vehicle, with this process being managed by the Department of Corporate Infrastructure, with advice that a select quote process will be used, due to the specialised nature of the truck. From 2014/15 there has been budget of $725 000 per annum allocated to operationalise this service. At the same time, the Department is______