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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4027

(Question No. 4841)

Mr Porter asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice, on 23 October 1986:

(1) Why did the A.C.T. Health Authority advertise in The Canberra Times on 11 October 1986 for 4 clerical staff for the Nursing Home Management Section when the Authority is substantially reducing its nursing home management role through the sale of Allambee Nursing Home.

(2) How can the additional expenditure on salaries in these circumstances be justified.

Mr Scholes —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The advertisement in The Canberra Times gave incorrect information about the scope of responsibility and location for the 4 positions concerned. The positions are in fact located in the Nursing Homes and Services Branch of the ACT Health Authority's Community Health Services Division. The Branch, in addition to managing the Authority's nursing home program, is also responsible for the operations of the Community Nursing Service and for the professional nursing aspects of the Authority's Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health Services. The advertised positions control all administrative, education and research activities for the Branch.

The positions are temporary, but, unfortunately, the advertisements did not reflect this. They will be reviewed early in 1987 because the sale of Allambee Nursing Home and the outcome of the National Case on Nursing Structures will have a bearing on the need for permanent staffing and the category and classification of the positions.

(2) Additional expenditure on salaries is not involved. The positions have been filled on a temporary basis since March 1986 when the Community Health Services Division was established. The positions were advertised to regularise an existing situation.