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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (22 Feburary) . .

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matter that Minister Stephen-Smith took on notice on Tuesday. For the information of members, I can advise that the prohibition notice that was in force at the time of question time yesterday was lifted by WorkSafe yesterday evening.

ACT Health—opioid treatment guidelines

MS FITZHARRIS: In relation to Mrs Dunne's earlier question about opioid treatment guidelines, I want to say that I misheard her and thought she said "December". She was correct that in September I did receive the outcomes of Health's internal review of the guideline and—

Mr Coe: You also said it was too hard to consult in December.

MADAM SPEAKER: Please continue, Ms Fitzharris.

MS FITZHARRIS: Madam Speaker, I will continue, and I encourage the opposition to listen, to wait their time. I will answer Mr Coe's question. In September 2017 I did receive the outcomes of ACT Health's review of the guidelines and Health's recommendations to adopt these national guidelines on opioid maintenance. I then sought further consultation with relevant stakeholders.

Since then, ACT Health has undertaken two extensive consultation rounds with relevant stakeholders within the drugs sector to discuss this and other measures that needed to be put in place to support the national guidelines. In late September 2017, consultations were held with the ACT Opioid Treatment Advisory Committee, OTAC, to discuss the proposal to adopt the national guidelines, and comments were sought on the development of Opioid maintenance treatment in the ACT: local policies and procedures, as announced today, which provides local information and procedures for opioid maintenance treatment in the ACT, to complement the national guidelines.

Follow-up consultations took place on 4 December 2017 to discuss outcomes from the initial consultation. ACT Health extended the consultation period further, as consumer representatives felt that more time was necessary to review the changes, particularly the new policies and procedures document, in more detail. ACT Health then consolidated the feedback and shared the feedback from both consultation rounds with stakeholders in January. We have today released those opioid treatment guidelines.

Multicultural affairs—mother languages

MS STEPHEN-SMITH I rise to provide additional information in relation to a matter arising from yesterday's question time.

Yesterday in question time, Mrs Kikkert asked a question in relation to a motion that passed this place in a spirit of tripartisanship and harmony on 13 September 2017 on mother languages, specifically about the subject section of that motion calling for the establishment of "collections and displays, sometimes called an 'Ekushey Corner', at ACT Libraries to promote and protect mother languages".

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