Department of the Legislative Assembly

ANSWERS TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS - Answered by 10 October 2006

16 August 2005

166. Health - Advertising and Promotions

Ms CARNEY to MINISTER for HEALTH

1. How much was spent on behalf of your Department of Health on advertising/ promotional activities/videos/DVDs/brochures and general printed matter in 2004-05?

2. Please provide a month-by-month breakdown of spending and projects/programs that this spending was for.

ANSWER

1. A total of $606 093 was spent on advertising and promotional material in 2004-05 and $1 094 007.87 on printing.

2. Expenditure for particular projects/programs occurs across monthly reporting periods so therefore time consuming to ascertain month by month breakdown of spending, and projects/programs that this spending was for.
    A monthly breakdown on advertising and promotional material is provided, along with expenditure on key activities during 2004-05:
      Month by month
      July 2004 $ 27 668
      August 2004 $ 43 258
      September 2004 $ 15 534
      October 2004 $ 20 136
      November 2004 $ 16 702
      December 2004 $ 47 837
      January 2005 $ 38 512
      February 2005 $ 25 006
      March 2005 $ 70 059
      April 2005 $ 88 227
      May 2005 $ 45 973
      June 2005 $167 181*

      *Traditional high level of expenditure due to payment of outstanding invoices prior to close of ledger
      Expenditure by program
      Aged and Disability
      Program $ 21 431
      Alcohol and Other
      Drug Program $ 98 896
      Centre for Disease
      Control $ 40 012
      NT Health Direct $ 23 199
      Corporate
      Communications
      (including Show
      Circuit, Nursing and
      Midwifery Awards,
      death notices,
      Building Healthier
      Communities) $ 54 788
      Nursing
      Recruitment $147 072
      Office of Aboriginal
      Health, Families and
      Social Policy $ 17 538
      Family and Children’s
      Services $ 55 971
      Health Development
      and Oral Health $ 42 071
      Palmerston Services
      Project $ 24 171
      People and
      Organisational Learning
      (including Studies
      Assistance ads) $ 25 479

      All other DHCS
      programs $ 55 465

198. Police, Fire and Emergency Services Ministerial Office - Budget Promotions

Ms CARNEY to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY SERVICES

1. Was any money spent from the minister’s office on the 2005-06 post-budget promotion campaign promoting the police budget?

2. If so, how much was spent on:

    (a) print media;

    (b) brochure production and direct mail; and

    (c) DVD production?

ANSWER

1. No.
    2. Not applicable.

    199. Police, Fire and Emergency Services Ministerial Office – Promotion Expenses

    Ms CARNEY to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY SERVICES

    1. How much was spent on behalf of your ministerial office on advertising/promotion activities/videos/DVDs/brochures and general printed matter in 2004-05?

    2. Please provide a month-by-month breakdown of spending and projects/programs that this spending was for.

    3. How much was spent on print media?

    4. How much was spent on brochure production and direct mail?

    5. How much was spent on DVD/CD production?

    ANSWER

    1 and 2:

    NTPFES portfolio: $4703 was spent on various materials during 2004-05 including notices and advertisements supporting Neighbourhood Watch, Rotary Ambulance Officer Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, opening of the Humpty Doo police station, the Northern Territory Police Association Magazine, new police squads, and notice regarding the death of former police officer P Paggett.

    Correspondence was mailed to local residents advising them of the opening of Humpty Doo station. This included a flyer for this purpose being printed at a cost of $114. No discrete tally was made of the cost of the envelopes or postage used for this purpose.

    3. See above.

    4. See above.

    5. None.

    200. Police, Fire and Emergency Services Ministerial Office – Government Printing Costs

    Ms CARNEY to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY SERVICES

    1. List all work undertaken by the Government Printing Office in 2004-05 on behalf of your ministerial office.

    2. What were the costs and dates of completion of work performed by the Government Printing Office on behalf of your ministerial office?


    ANSWER

    Work undertaken by the Government Printing Office in 2004-05 and paid for by the Office of the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services is listed in table in Attachment A..

    2 May 2006

    248. Elective Surgery Waiting Time

    Dr LIM to MINISTER for HEALTH

    1. How many people are currently waiting for elective surgery across the Territory?

    2. Please provide the number of people on elective surgery waiting lists by hospital.

    3. Please provide the number of people on elective surgery waiting lists for Territory hospitals by category of elective surgery.

    4. What is the longest waiting period for elective surgery, and how many people are involved, by each Territory hospital?

    5. How many people have died while waiting for an elective surgery medical procedure, by calendar year and for each Territory hospital?

    ANSWER

    1. As at 31 May 2006, there were 3277 people on elective surgery waiting lists at NT public hospitals.

    2. The number of people on elective surgery waiting lists by hospital as at 31 May 2006 is as follows:

    HospitalNo of people on waiting list at 31 May 2006
    Royal Darwin Hospital
    1438
    Alice Springs Hospital
    1225
    Gove District Hospital
    241
    Katherine Hospital
    273
    Tennant Creek Hospital
    100
    Total
    3277

    3. The number of people on elective surgery waiting lists for Territory hospitals by category of elective surgery is as per Attachment A.

    4. The standard measure for measuring ‘long waits’ on elective surgery waiting lists is to count the number of patients currently on the list who have waited more than 365 days. As at 31 May 2006, the following numbers of patients who were waiting greater than 365 days was as follows:

    HospitalNo of people on waiting list greater than 365 days at 31 May 2006
    Royal Darwin Hospital
    297
    Alice Springs Hospital
    748
    Gove District Hospital
    54
    Katherine Hospital
    69
    Tennant Creek Hospital
    68
    Total
    1236
        Departmental information systems are not able to capture the full extent of this information. Any data provided here would be incomplete and could be open to misinterpretation.

      250. Nurse Recruitment and Administrative Staffing

      Dr LIM to MINISTER for HEALTH

      1. How many nurses have been recruited by the NT government since the Northern Territory general election of 2001, by each Territory hospital and by financial year? Of these nurses, please advise what number of these nursing positions are now vacant, for each hospital.

      2. What proportion of nurses of total equivalent full-time Northern Territory nursing positions are employed through employment agencies? Of these positions, please list the number of nursing positions now vacant, for each Territory hospital.

      3. How many administration staff within Territory Health hold a nursing qualification?

      4. Please list the number of nurses in administrative positions by hospital and by regional health administration offices and at central office.

      5. What were the number of Health administration staff, broken down by levels, employed at 31 December 2001?

      6. What were the number of Health administration staff, broken down by levels, employed at 31 December 2005?


      ANSWER

      1. The table in Attachment A shows staff commencement figures for nurses in NT hospitals for each financial year since 2001.

      2. The table in Attachment B lists, by hospital, the number of agency-paid nurses occupying nursing positions as a proportion of established positions in early June, 2006. There are no designated agency-paid positions.

      3. The number of administration staff within the Department of Health and Community Services who hold a nursing qualification is not known. This information is not routinely collected.

      4. The number of identified nursing administration positions by hospital is detailed below. Administration positions include Nursing Director, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality Coordinator and Infection Control Nurse/Officer.

      HospitalNo. of nursing administrative positions – June 2006
      Royal Darwin Hospital
      8
      Alice Springs Hospital
      5
      Gove District Hospital
      2
      Katherine Hospital
      3
      Tennant Creek Hospital
      1
      Total
      19
        Regional health administration offices are no longer part of the Department of Health and Community Services structure therefore data is not available for nursing staff in administrative positions in regional health administration offices. Data is not routinely collected on the number of nurses in administrative positions at central office.

      5. The number of Health Administration staff, by level, employed at 31 December 2001 is shown in the following table:

      Classification Code
      Count
      AO1
      59
      AO2
      349
      AO3
      151
      AO4
      127
      AO5
      71
      AO6
      140
      AO7
      79
      AO8
      37
      TAT01
      4
      TOTAL
      1017
      TAT01 - Admin trainee
      6. The number of Health Administration staff, by level, employed at 31 December 2005 is shown in the following table:

      Classification Code
      Count
      AO1
      30
      AO2
      376
      AO3
      207
      AO4
      169
      AO5
      98
      AO6
      170
      AO7
      109
      AO8
      51
      TOTAL
      1210
        The ‘Administrative officer stream’ staff include Aboriginal Mental Health Workers, Aboriginal Community Welfare Workers, Disability Support Workers and Sexual Health Workers; administrative positions directly located with, and in support of, service provision, such as Ward clerks, Medical Records clerks, Medicare Administration clerks, Service development staff working with non-government service providers in community health and community service programs; and project staff, often employed for specific projects.
      251. Hospital Bed Numbers

      Dr LIM to MINISTER for HEALTH

      1. What are the total number of operational beds currently available across the Northern Territory? Please list the number of operational beds for each Territory hospital.

      2. What were the total number of operational beds available across the Northern Territory at 31 December 2002 and at 31 December 2004? Please list the number of these operational beds, by calendar year and for each Territory hospital.

      3. How many written complaints and recorded (ie notes taken) and oral complaints have been received by Territory Health? Of these complaints, please list the number of complaints, by written complaint, by recorded oral complaint, by calendar year and for each Territory hospital.

      ANSWER

      1. The total number of operational beds is as follows:

      Operational beds
      Royal Darwin Hospital
      345
      Alice Springs Hospital
      165
      Katherine Hospital
      60
      Gove District Hospital
      30
      Tennant Creek Hospital
      20

      2. The total number of operational beds, by calendar year and for each Territory hospital, is listed in the table in Attachment A.
        3. Complaints figures for the Department of Health and Community Services are listed in the table in Attachment A.

        Question 200
        Attachment A


        Work undertaken by the Government Printing Office in 2004-05 and paid for by the Office of the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services was as follows:



        Description
        Amount

        $

        Date Paid

        (Journal Date)

        Minister’s Mail
        3 478.18
        21 July 2004
        Business Cards
        220.91
        16 September 2004
        Business Cards (English/Japanese)
        370.91
        22 September 2004
        NT Government Directory
        72.73
        8 October 2004
        Business Cards
        520.81
        15 December 2004
        DL Plain & Window Face Envelopes
        118.65
        23 December 2004
        Community Links – China 26/11/04
        4 272.73
        29 December 2004
        Printing – Humpty Doo Police Station
        114.00
        27 May 2005
        Skilled Migration Mail-out
        3 036.26
        3 May 2005
        A4 Envelopes
        388.52
        14 June 2005
        Window Face Envelopes
        2 137.04
        15 June 2005
        Grand Total
        14 730.74
        Question 248
        Attachment A

        HospitalElective: UrgentElective: Semi-UrgentElective: Non-UrgentTotal
        Royal Darwin Hospital
        174
        462
        802
        1438
        Alice Springs Hospital
        115
        560
        550
        1225
        Gove District Hospital
        10
        88
        143
        241
        Katherine Hospital
        10
        60
        203
        273
        Tennant Creek Hospital
        3
        36
        61
        100
        Total
        312
        1206
        1759
        3277


        Question 250
        Attachment A


        The table in below shows staff commencement figures for nurses in NT hospitals for each financial year since 2001:

        Distinct DHCS Nursing Classification Stream Staff Commencements –

        2001-02 to 30/04/2006

        Hospital2001-022002-032003-042004-052005-06
        Alice Springs Hospital287268305281265
        Gove District Hospital 52 51 37 42 21
        Katherine Hospital 61 56 73 66 46
        Royal Darwin Hospital339362351360339
        Tennant Creek Hospital 35 26 26 31 27
        TOTAL774763792780698



        The following numbers of nursing positions are currently vacant:


        HospitalNo of nursing positions vacant as at Pay 23 2006
        Royal Darwin Hospital
        35
        Alice Springs Hospital
        13
        Gove District Hospital
        0
        Katherine Hospital
        9
        Tennant Creek Hospital
        5
        Total
        62

        Question 250

        Attachment B


        The following table lists, by hospital, the number of agency-paid nurses occupying nursing positions as a proportion of established positions in early June, 2006. There are no designated agency-paid positions.

        HospitalNumber of agency-paid nursing positions as a proportion of established nursing positions
        Royal Darwin Hospital
        1.5%
        Alice Springs Hospital
        2.2%
        Gove District Hospital
        0%
        Katherine Hospital
        0%
        Tennant Creek Hospital
        0%
        Total
        1.5%

        Question 251
        Attachment A


        4. The total number of operational beds, by calendar year and for each Territory hospital, in listed in the table in Attachment A.

        Number of Operational Beds at 31 December
        20022004
          Royal Darwin Hospital
        293345
          Alice Springs Hospital
        164165
          Katherine Hospital
        6060
          Gove District Hospital
        3030
          Tennant Creek Hospital
        2020


        5. Complaints figures for the Department of Health and Community Services as a whole are documented in Department of Health and Community Services Annual Reports. The figures for the hospitals are as follows.
          Financial Year
          Royal Darwin Hospital
          Alice Springs Hospital
          Katherine Hospital
          Tennant Creek
          Gove Hospital
          2000-01
          495
          53
          2001-02
          386
          55
          2002-03
          344
          27
          2003-04
          419
          34
          2004-05
          490
          70
          10
          0
          5
          2005-06
          489
          59
          12
          5
          4

          Note: From 2004-05, complaints registration was centralised, with all complaints documented and collated, resulting in an increase in recorded complaints.
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