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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 A separate allocation of $1.2m has allowed for the establishment of a much-needed community psychiatric service centre at Tamarind House in Darwin, together with an upgrading of existing psychiatric facilities at Alice Springs. Our Director of Psychiatric Services, Dr Joan Ridley, has surveyed the areas of need and the first stage of the Tamarind development will include a psychiatric rehabilitation community service, forensic psychiatric service, a child and family guidance service and an administration centre for the Territory's psychiatric services. Being community based, the psychiatric service will provide professional expertise whilst drawing on the skills of specific volunteer groups many of whom are supported by the government grants-in-aid scheme. Alice Springs will have a purpose-built ~ialysis unit at a cost of $380 000 with $80 000 allocated for the equipment. I am very pleased to note that the member for Arnhem has acknowledged that. $35 800 is allocated to the government's ongoing control program in relation to salt-marsh mosquitoes. Using the larvicide BTl, breeding areas are sprayed from a helicopter during early breeding periods following high tides in the late dry season. The larvicide does not affect humans, animals, fish or other insects and the Territory spraying program has earned recognition and praise throughout Australia. The National Disease Control Program and the Home and Community Care Program, which are cost shared with the federal government, are worthy of notice since they provide a valuable community service in terms of disease recognition and home assistance to the frail, aged and disabled. In the budget, $90 000 has been allocated to the Health Promotion Unit whose publicity campaign on the importance of good nutrition, the dangers of smoking and the value of immunisation have had an immense public impact. I was very interested in comments by the member for Nhulunbuy because, obviously, he is not aware of the various programs that have been developed through schools and by the various health workers in the communities to teach Aboriginals the importance of good nutrition and provide information on dangers to health. I acknowledge that Nhulunbuy and some other areas do not have access to local television. Nevertheless, that does not mean that people in Darwin should be denied access to such programs. It is important that we try to advertise wherever possible and promote health. If we can extend the programs to Nhulunbuy, we will do so. I think the member for Nhulunbuy should make himself aware of what is happening in a number of the communities in his area. The Northern Territory Acoustics laboratory will be established early in 1987 to screen infants and young children. The estimated cost is $83 000. Construction of a new 32-bed ward at Katherine Hospital is expected to be completed by February 1987. It will have 20 paediatric beds and 12 adult beds. Detailed planning is also under way for increased health facilities to meet new developments at Tindal and these will be announced in next year's budget. In the 1986-87 budget, more than $500 000 has been allocated for health programs associated with AIDS. This is subject to a cost-sharing arrangement with the Commonwealth government. As the world struggles to combat this fearful disease, in the Territory we can take some pride in the claim of a Finnish authority who visited Australia and has said that only in Western Australia and the Territory was AIDS being tackled effectively. 860

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