Upcoming Bill report dates:
The Health Select committee will be report on two bills before the end of September.
The Health committee are currently considering two bills that had been referred to them by the house. The Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill is due for report on Thursday 15 September and the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill is due for report by Friday 23 September. The committee has heard evidence from the public on both bills and are currently in their final stages of consideration.
Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) bill
The purpose of the Substance Addiction bill is to protect people from harm by enabling those people with severe substance addiction to receive compulsory treatment. The treatment may:
Facilitate a comprehensive assessment of their addiction
stabilise their health through the application of medical treatment (including medically managed withdrawal)
protect and enhance their mana and dignity and restore their capacity to make informed decisions about further treatment and substance use
facilitate planning for their treatment and care to be continued on a voluntary basis
give them an opportunity to engage in voluntary treatment
Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill
The Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill aims to provide financial assistance to people who forgo income while donating kidney or liver tissue for transplantation purposes. The bill plans to provide assistance by:
providing income assistance within set limits to those who forgo income from employment during their convalescence
ensuring that those in receipt of certain income-tested benefits will retain their entitlement to those benefits during their convalescence, notwithstanding they may not fully meet the eligibility criteria during that period
providing for payment of childcare assistance within set limits to those who require it during their convalescence
What happens next?
The committee has two options for how it will report to the house by the required date. They can either report a revision tracked version of the bill or report a narrative on the committee's work, when considering the bill. A revision tracked version is when the committee will make the proposed amendments to the bill itself and justify the changes they have made in an additional report. A narrative report will not make any changes to the bill itself but will instead outline the evidence the committee heard from the advisors and public. Once the bills have been reported to the house they will be set down for a second reading – if the bill passes the second reading and vote it will be discussed at Committee of the whole House stage.