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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 2433..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

The Mental Health ACT executive endorsed the use of a recovery plan to replace the previous consumer care plan. The plan ensures that all care planning now occurs in a recovery framework, and includes consultation with the consumer and carer. Recovery principles have also been endorsed. These underpin recovery training conducted in both 2006 and 2007.

Mental Health ACT released the important document Consumer participation and carer participation across Mental Health ACT: a framework for action. This document is the result of close collaboration with consumers and carers to develop a way forward for a mental health service that acknowledges the vital role that consumers and carers play in the design, delivery and evaluation of services. Implementation of the framework has already commenced.

As you will see in this annual progress report, the examples I have given you today represent a small sample of the extensive work that has been achieved since the introduction of the strategy. The 2007-08 budget builds on this work, with funding for a new step-up, step-down facility to complement the youth facility. We are also undertaking design work on a new inpatient facility, a forensic facility and working with consumers, carers and the wider community to map the future of our mental health services. To cap what has been an unprecedented time of reform in our mental health services, we are also working with the community to reform our Mental Health Act.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of the mental health sector, including the chief psychiatrist, ACT Health, the community sector, consumers and carers. Their commitment to creating a better and more inclusive system will ensure our community enjoys innovative, caring and responsive mental health care. I move:

That the report be noted.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Burke ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Papers

Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

Children and Young People Act—Review of the operation of the Children and Young People Act 1999—Third report on key findings, dated August 2007.

Mr Barr presented the following paper:

Occupational Health and Safety Act, pursuant to section 228—Operation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 and its associated law—Fourth quarterly report for the period 1 April to 30 June 2007.


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