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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 6 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1876..


midwives whom we have to thank for much of our health prevention, acute and chronic care and mental health care, as well as the very important care provided at the beginning and the end of our lives.

I would also like to recognise remote area nurses. I was one of those for many years. I spent 12 years in the remote areas of the Northern Territory. I know that those nurses and midwives have particular challenges in their work, and I would like to recognise that work, especially today.

We rely on their skill, their expertise, their care and their compassion on a daily basis. However, until we come into daily contact with them, they go about their work quietly without fanfare. I thank them all and I am glad of the opportunity today to do so in this place. I am sorry I am unable to attend the event this evening. I wish them all well in their great professions.

Discussion concluded.

Adjournment

Children and young people—services

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (4.24): I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

I want to speak briefly on the work of community partnerships in the ACT. Across both the government and the non-government sector we have some challenging work that needs doing, and we know there are members of our community that need that support in their day-to-day lives. The ACT government is committed to supporting not only the vulnerable in our community but also our community organisations that undertake this complex work.

In Canberra, the community sector and ACT government agencies continually look at how we can, as a community, better support the most vulnerable. I would like today to acknowledge the successful partnerships within the child, youth and family services program through the Community Service Directorate. The CYFSP started a new model of delivery in March last year. The government has been working closely with the community sector to promote an extensive range of services to Canberra families.

There are currently 26 community partners who deliver a wide range of services under the child, youth and family services program, including youth engagement, group programs, case management activities and therapeutic services for children and young people and their families. The CYFSP also assists the peak bodies, such as Families ACT and the ACT Youth Coalition.

The program is a great example of how collaborative and integrated practice is occurring here in the ACT with great outcomes. Services can be accessed through the


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