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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . .

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This will allow the planning and policy arm to meet the needs of our growing and ageing community through contemporary approaches while the operational arm will have the ability to focus on delivering quality clinical services through providing acute, subacute, primary hospital services and community-based services to the ACT and surrounding region.

The change will streamline governance, management and reporting lines and provide a more effective and efficient governance model. It will support better relationships with the community, the non-government sector, the private sector and our academic and research partners.

As the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, it is my sincere ambition that every Canberran will see and feel the benefits of this new arrangement in their interactions with ACT Health, from patients to our non-government community sector partners, carers and advocacy services. This will be achieved in conjunction with the ongoing implementation of the territory-wide health services framework, the quality and data strategies, and the development of a preventive health strategy.

MR STEEL: Minister, what will happen between now and 1 October when these changes come into effect?

MS FITZHARRIS: It is important that we take the time to get this right and that is why over the next six months consultations with staff, stakeholders and the community will be an important step in informing this piece of work. An ACT Health organisational reform reference group comprising the ACT Health deputy directors-general has been established to guide planning and delivery of the new structure and is being supported by a new transition team. This includes representatives from both the clinical and corporate and policy sides of ACT Health with expert advice being brought into the team as required.

I would like to assure staff and partner organisations that we will consult closely about the development of the new structure through staff forums, other mechanisms and a dedicated transition page on the ACT Health intranet. Staff will also be encouraged to actively contribute to the process.

In the short term, recruitment for two new leaders will commence and I look forward to keeping the Assembly updated. I note that in the interim Director-General Michael De'Ath, previously with the Community Services Directorate, will act as the interim director-general.

ACTION bus service—timetable

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for transport and relates to ACTION bus timetables. Minister, when is the community going to be able to look at and give feedback about the new bus timetables, given that the your say website says that they are to be implemented in mid-2018, that stage 2 consultation is due to end in early 2018 and that a number of community council consultations have recently been cancelled?


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