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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 9 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2631..


MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, can you give us an example of how the local leadership program is working in Brindabella?

MS BURCH: I am quite happy to do that. I think many in this room will know of great schools such as Erindale College, for example. The principal there has certainly embraced a very modern approach to educating our young men and women of tomorrow. The work he has done with community connections and local schools is, indeed, significant. For example, I think everybody in this room will recognise the fabulous work that Kulture Break does. They now have their own studio space and their digs are at Erindale College. That is a decision and a community connection that is clearly quite possible and, indeed, encouraged with local leadership.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: How and why were the remaining eight schools selected and why eight?

MS BURCH: Thank you, Mrs Jones, for the question. It is my understanding that the directorate went out to those schools involved. I need to say at the outset that all schools are involved in some way in the school empowerment journey. We are focusing on eight schools and these eight schools put their hands up to be champions and leaders in this, to be at the forefront of this and to share their learnings with other schools.

I think that is how we got down to eight. As we move through the better schools reform, we will use them as champions or pilots to say, "How do we extrapolate and transition all those other learnings across the schools?"

Health—nurse-led walk-in centres

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, the review into the nurse-led walk-in clinic by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute found that, in regard to the clinical decision support software, or CDSS, used in the English National Health Service walk-in centres, "the evidence indicated that the adaptation of clinical support software originally developed for telephone consultations for use in face-to-face consultations was problematic and recommended caution when implementing CDSS". Minister, given this evidence, why did ACT Health implement a CDSS that was adapted from a program originally developed for telephone consultations?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Lawder for the question. In relation to the software that was implemented, as Ms Lawder would know, there was a very tight scope of practice that was implemented as part of the nurse-led walk-in centre and in the first year of operation there would be an evaluation done. That was the agreement that the government reached with stakeholders about pursuing a nurse-led model. Part of that was making sure that the decisions made by nurses were well documented. That software allows that to happen. Anyone who has been to the walk-in centre would have seen how that software is used. It guides the nurses' decision making very


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