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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (5 August) . .

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MR HANSON: Minister, what are you doing to make sure that the data that is collected and presented is actually relevant to the ACT?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not aware that we are not collecting the data that is required for any of the reporting that we do to the commonwealth. We do extensive reporting to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Department of Health, IHPA, the NHPA—what was previously known as the National Health Performance Agency. So we collect a whole range of datasets, and that is all provided to the commonwealth. I have certainly not had any issues raised with me around that.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, what are you doing to ensure that disadvantaged women in the ACT have a high rate of antenatal visits?

MS GALLAGHER: One of the things we do is support the programs that have been run particularly at Winnunga Nimmityjah who do a lot of the antenatal care programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are highlighted in this report and who, we know, suffer from particular disadvantage when it comes to accessing mainstream health care. So that is one of the things we do. We also have a lot of our services provided through the child and family centres in west Belconnen and Gungahlin and through our community-based services which are particularly targeted at those people who may be at risk and who are in vulnerable families.

I do not want to give anyone a pat on the back but, in terms of support for women undergoing pregnancy, antenatal or postnatal care, the services that are provided at the women's and children's hospital really are first rate and I do not think there is any need to be concerned about access to services here for women during their pregnancy.

I will follow up on the issue that has been raised around visits to antenatal care but, from my experience and from the feedback I get, actually the area in health I get the most compliments on is the services provided through the women's and children's health program.


MADAM SPEAKER: Before I proceed, I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of Mr David Lamont, former Deputy Chief Minister. Welcome to the Assembly.

Questions without notice


MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, what will the government's master plan program deliver in terms of development opportunities in Tuggeranong?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Porter for her question. The master plan program is already delivering significant development opportunities and benefits across

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