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Annual report 2009 - 2010

Details:

Title

Annual report 2009 - 2010

Other title

Department of Health and Families

Collection

Dept. of Health reports; Department of Health reports; Reports; PublicationNT

Date

2010

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Notes

Date:2010

Language

English

Subject

Public health -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Northern Territory. Dept. of Health and Families -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Dept. of Health and Families

Place of publication

Darwin

ISSN

1327-6301

Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/231328

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/668605

Page content

Department Health and Families152 Figure 13: NT Schedule 8 drug prescription and patient contracts 1992-93 to 2008-09 One of the issues handled by CLAC through 2009-10 was the shortage of Methadone tablets manufactured by Sigma Pharmaceuticals (Australia) Pty Ltd. These tablets became out of stock nation wide with supplies becoming low in the Northern Territory in late December 2009/early January 2010. On the recommendation of CLAC, methadone liquids status as a restricted S8 substance was revoked, until such time as methadone tablets were again available. This enabled methadone liquid to be more accessible to patients who had a legitimate need for its use as part of their pain management and where alternate medications was not clinically indicated or in the patients best interest. In late January 2010, upon advice that methadone tablet availability was returning to normal with no future supply issues anticipated in the Northern Territory, methadone liquid was again declared a restricted S8 substance, taking effect on 1 February 2010. Radiation Protection The Radiation Protection Act commenced on 5 October 2009. Additional authorisations required under the Act are summarised as follows: a requirement to register a place in which a radiation source is used or stored; registration of sealed radioactive material; and certificate of accreditation to carry out work on a radiation source. In the previous financial year, there were 80 new registrations for a radiation source. Most of these were for sealed radioactive material because sealed sources are now registered under the Act. There are currently 83 radiation places registered. Since the start of the Act, there have been 198 licences and 121 certificates of accreditation issued. Of the current licences, 183 can generally be described as relating to industry, 93 medical and 129 others. 164 licences were previously counted as permits under the (repealed) Radiographers Act. There were 79 inspections of a radiation place. The Radiation Protection Act covers ionising radiation and, from April 2010, one category of non-ionising radiation - solaria. Tanning beds in the Northern Territory must be registered and a licence is required for their possession and use. Currently there are two tanning beds in the Territory. 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 35000 1 9 9 2 -9 3 1 9 9 3 -9 4 1 9 9 4 -9 5 1 9 9 5 -9 6 1 9 9 6 -9 7 1 9 9 7 -9 8 1 9 9 8 -9 9 1 9 9 9 -0 0 2 0 0 0 -0 1 2 0 0 1 -0 2 2 0 0 2 -0 3 2 0 0 3 -0 4 2 0 0 4 -0 5 2 0 0 5 -0 6 2 0 0 6 -0 7 2 0 0 7 -0 8 2 0 0 8 -0 9 2 0 0 9 -1 0 Year N o . o f S 8 P re sc ri p tio n s 0 200 400 600 800 1000 N o . o f P a tie n t C o n tr a ct s No. of S8 Prescriptions No. of Patient Contracts


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