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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . .

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Schools—nurses

Debate resumed.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (3.22): I move:

Omit all words after "That this Assembly", substitute:

"(1) notes that:

(a) the Health Access at School (HAAS) pilot was designed to support students who have additional health care needs to attend ACT public schools;

(b) the HAAS pilot is focused on the individual needs of students to access and participate at school which they otherwise may not have been able to attend;

(c) the model includes a HAAS registered nurse (RN) who works with the family and others involved to develop a care plan for the student. The RN then trains the school Learning Support Assistant in the specific healthcare tasks required to support that particular student. These are often the same tasks that are undertaken by family members or carers when the child is not at school;

(d) senior officials from ACT Health are working with their equivalents from Education and Training and three key unions to resolve the concerns that have arisen at Black Mountain Specialist School during the pilot;

(e) ACT Health reinstated two RNs at Black Mountain School in Term 2 to further support families and staff transitioning to the HAAS program;

(f) following the development of a care plan for a student at Woden School, nurses now attend the school once daily, in line with the agreed care plan arranged and agreed to by a paediatrician, a registered nurse and parents;

(g) ACT Health is reviewing the needs of children in specialist schools in consultation with parents, teachers and health professionals; and

(h) the review will consult with the Education and Training Directorate, parents, teachers, nurses and their respective unions to establish the level of need for medical supervision of children in Woden and Black Mountain specialist schools, and the level and make up of teaching and nursing staff required to support students in classroom settings; and

(2) calls on the Minister for Health to report back to the Assembly on the consultation by the last sitting day in August 2015.".

The healthcare access at school program, HAAS, provides nurse-led care to students with additional healthcare needs while they attend ACT government schools. The


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