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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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TE 110 Sffl lull H0I0PBII II II LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY Bill was tabled on 15 May 2013 and will be introduced on 27 June 2013. The legislation provides for: people who have been taken into Police Protective Custody three times in a two month period to be taken by Police to an assessment service; containment in the service, while a clinical assessment is completed and an application for treatment is considered by an independent tribunal; establishment of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Tribunal with powers to order participation in treatment for up to 12 weeks, and income management for up to 12 months; establishment of a community visitor program to oversight assessment and treatment services; offences for absconding from treatment on the third occasion and for intending to supplying alcohol to someone on an order; and development and lodgement of an aftercare plan for up to six months post treatment. o The assessment and treatment system to support the legislation is being rolled out in two phases, with phase 1 commencing from 1 July 2013. Under Phase 1, treatment places are being progressed including: 100 beds at the Darwin Assessment and Treatment Service (formerly the Medi-hotel RDH campus); 20 beds at the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit (CAAAPU); and up to 10 beds at the Nhulunbuy Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Service. The Venndale service provided by Kalano will deliver an additional 12 beds, suitable for Mandatory Community Treatment Orders. An Expression of Interest for Phase 2 services in Katherine will be let in July 2013. o Assessment services will be co-located within the Medi-hotel facility, to be called that Darwin Alcohol Assessment and Treatment Service and the Nhulunbuy Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment service. o In Alice Springs up to eight beds will be available for assessment from the Alice Springs Secure Care Service. In Katherine, four assessment beds will operate from the Katherine Hospital. o The Darwin Assessment and Treatment Service will be operated by the Department of Health and staffed by 64 full time equivalent officers, with nursing, medical, professional and physical and Indigenous Liaison Officers. Of these, 60 FTE are new positions. The staffing levels provide for coverage during the day and active staffing overnight. Primary Health Care Services and some program delivery are currently being negotiated with external providers. o To ensure client security and safety the buildings and grounds are being modified including additional fencing, personal safety modifications and installation of video conferencing facilities. o The Alice Springs Secure Care Centre service will be operated by the Department of Health and staffed by 18 FTE with nursing, professional and physical and Indigenous Liaison Officers. This staffing level has been designed to consider a ratio of clinical staffing consistent with the location. o Modifications to the Alice Springs Secure Service are required to improve supervision and to convert some rooms to operate as a bathroom or interview rooms. Modifications are estimated at $300 000, including installation of video-conferencing requirements. o Secure treatment services in Alice Springs will be provided by the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit. CAAAPU is constructing an additional 20 beds, catering for both men and women on the vacant land behind its existing service. The Development Consent Authority has approved the service expansion.______________

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