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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 2432..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

the following five varied exhibitions during the quarter: Liz Perry Textile Collection, A Cage Opera, Meg Buchanan, Klaus Moje, and David Jensz.

CMAG education staff conducted one of the major events on the education calendar on 23 March 2007. Seventy-eight students attended the St Clare's Forum Day, participating in sessions on visual arts, photography, design and technology, and graphic design. Almost 23,000 patrons attended activities at the corporation's historic places including Lanyon, Mugga Mugga and Calthorpes' House. One of the major events of the year for historic places, the Lanyon Garden Festival, was held on 24 and 25 March 2007, which attracted 920 visitors. As members can see, the corporation provides many arts and cultural activities for all Canberrans, and I am pleased to table this report for the Assembly.

ACT mental health strategy and action plan 2003-2008

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo-Minister for Health, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Disability and Community Services, Minister for Women) (3.20): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Mental Health Strategy and Action Plan 2003-2008—Progress report June 2007, including a report on key achievements.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to table the ACT government's annual progress report on the ACT mental health strategy and action plan 2003-08. The previous Minister for Health, Simon Corbell, launched the ACT mental health strategy and action plan in April 2004, which set the framework and direction for the delivery of mental health care in the ACT.

In November 2004, the then Minister for Health wrote to all members of the Legislative Assembly advising that the government would provide an annual report to the Assembly on progress on the implementation of the strategy, in contrast to the previous quarterly reporting schedule. The first annual report was tabled in the Assembly in July 2005. The ACT mental health strategy and action plan mid-term review was tabled as the second annual report in July 2006.

Today I am tabling the third annual progress report. Over the last 12 months, ACT Health has made significant progress in the implementation of the plan. In summary, 18 actions have been finalised and 33 actions have been significantly progressed. Highlights of the last 12 months of implementation include improved relationships between Mental Health ACT and various supporting services—for example, collaboration with the ACT Division of General Practice on the "can do"initiative for people with co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol problems. This initiative aims to improve the support and working relationship between general practitioners and specialist mental health services.


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