Note 14. Supplies and Services

Audit Expensesa 504 601
Blood Productsb 9,344 7,922
Clinical Expenses/Medical Surgical Suppliesc 57,436 55,875
Communications 3,690 3,835
Computer Expensesd 32,007 26,871
Contractors and Consultantse 5,535 6,061
Domestic Services, Food and Utilitiesf 31,762 27,513
General Administrationg 17,959 15,570
Hire and Rental Charges 4,065 3,918
Insuranceh 28,550 29,190
Minor Capitali 4,303 3,265
Non-Contract Servicesj 8,074 7,301
Operating Lease Rental Payments 6,459 6,175
Pharmaceuticalsk 36,863 38,020
Printing and Stationery 2,253 2,219
Property and Rental Expensesl 3,009 2,548
Public Relationsm 667 1,011
Publications 1,191 1,110
Repairs and Maintenancen 13,227 12,094
Staff Development and Recruitmento 6,277 5,773
Travel and Accommodation 1,178 1,308
Vehicle Expenses 1,554 1,638
Visiting Medical Officers 25,426 25,610
Total Supplies and Services 301,333 285,428


a) The decrease is due to a one-off audit of emergency department data conducted in 2012.

b) The increase is mainly attributable to price escalation and an increase in demand for high cost blood products.

c) The increase is mainly attributable to price escalation.

d) The increase is due to a combination of factors, including price escalation, increase in staff numbers and support costs for projects that became operational in 2013. They include Digital Wireless Network at the Canberra Hospital campus, Digital Intensive Care Unit Clinical Information System, E-Referral & Discharge Summary and Clinical Systems Project.

e) The decrease is mainly attributable to a reduction in the use of consultants in line with a targeted savings plan.

f) The increase is mainly attributable to cleaning contract price increases, increases in floor space and new facilities and the carbon tax levy.

g) The increase is mainly due to a combination of factors, including payments to ACT Emergency Services for operating an ambulance, increased cost of freight, payment to the Australian National University (ANU) for the maintenance of the medical research animal house that was re-located to the ANU campus and price escalation for Service Level Agreement charges paid to Shared Services.

h) The decrease in the insurance premium reflects a reduction following an actuarial assessment of the future cost of claims. The key element being a downward revision to the number of assumed small claim settlements for the 2012‑13 insurance year.

i) The increase is mainly due to the quantity of medical equipment purchases that fell below the asset capitalisation threshold of $5,000.

j) The increase is mainly due to higher usage of agency nursing and agency dental staff to cover vacancies, which were partially offset by a reduction in the use of agency medical staff. Agency staff refers to temporary staff sourced at short notice from external labour providers.

k) The decrease is mainly due to a combination of factors, including a reduction in the usage of highly specialised (s100) drugs, price decreases for some drugs and a reduction in the usage of some expensive drugs.

l) This increase mainly relates to increases in temporary rental accommodation for new medical staff.

m) The decrease is mainly due to a reduction in use of promotional materials.

n) This is mainly attributable to increased expenditure on preventative and reactive maintenance of ageing infrastructure and an increase in breakdown repairs for medical equipment.

o) The increase mainly relates to training expenses and study reimbursements.