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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




Tabled by Robyn Lambley


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ITTT [EMiiBlHIl igUguai II II LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY scheduling, audit and case management; and, planning for additional theatre capacity in Alice Springs and two additional theatres for Royal Darwin Hospital. Full review of Patient Assistance Travel Scheme A full review of PATS has been undertaken and an additional $7.5 million per annum for three years has been committed to fund any recommended changes to the scheme. The review has compared the level of subsidy to that of other States and Territories; investigated system eligibility and/or entitlements and identified where they could be increased and delivered within the additional available budget; and investigated options for reducing costs and managing current and future demand. Staff undertaking the review have consulted with clinicians, community groups and received input from members of the public on issues around usage of the scheme, eligibility criteria and levels of subsidy. A draft report is being finalised and will be considered by Government when finalised. A change management strategy will be implemented to ensure that any changes to business processes and guidelines are embedded in the work practices of PATS users. It is envisaged that any changes accepted from the report will be implemented by the end of July 2013. o o o o o Work to strengthen cross border arrangements with WA and SA o The Department of Health is currently focused on meeting the Independent Pricing Authority / Activity Based Funding cross border requirements. Upgrade NT Hospital Services o The New Service Framework is being implemented within existing resources. The Top End Health and Hospital Services and the Central Australian Health and Hospital Services are being established as statutory authorities with Boards of Management, to provide more integrated and responsive regional services. Expressions of Interest in Board membership have been received. o On 1 July 2013, the hospital network services, mental health services and aged care services will join together under the Health and Hospital Services. Early in 2014 the Department of Healths primary health care services will also come into the Health and Hospital Services. o Legislation is currently being drafted to enable the New Service Framework, and will be introduced in Legislative Assembly later in 2013. The new legislation will repeal the Hospital Networks Governing Councils Act. o The health system will be fully transitioned to the New Service Framework by 1 July 2014. SIGNATURE (if submitting on paper)

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