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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1680 ..


MS FITZHARRIS: That work is progressing and there are a number of options available to the government should that not occur. I stress that there has been significant planning since the "not met" report was received. A leadership committee is being chaired by the interim director-general to make sure that every core "not met" item is being very methodically and thoroughly addressed. There is regular reporting to the interim director-general and to me. The interim director-general has also had conversations with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards and the national safety and quality commission. Copies of the action plans to address the accreditation criteria have been provided to both originations. They have provided positive feedback on all of those. It is something that is of the utmost priority for ACT Health now.

MR HANSON: Minister, what impact would a loss of accreditation of the Canberra Hospital have on its status as a teaching hospital?

MS FITZHARRIS: It is my understanding that it would have no immediate impact, but I will take the specific question on notice.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what impact will the ongoing problems in our hospital system and accreditation in particular have on our ability to attract doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and other health workers to Canberra?

MS FITZHARRIS: That is a concern for me but, as I indicated, ACT Health continues to attract specialists, doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health staff. Indeed, earlier this year a number of interns, most notably from the ANU, were welcomed into ACT Health. It is very clear that there is a focus on meeting accreditation. But it is also the case that there is a very good story to tell about the future of ACT Health and the opportunities for health professionals right around the country to join ACT Health.

Housing—housing choices

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the consultation underway on housing choices in the ACT?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Orr for her continuing interest in good planning for the territory. The Canberra community has always shown considerable interest and involvement in the planning of our city. Housing policies have again come to the fore, with considerable interest in housing choice.

Last November, I was pleased to announce the start of the consultation on the housing choices discussion paper. The discussion paper aimed to find out more from the community about the type of housing they would like to live in. The broader community, including the industry stakeholder groups, were invited to provide suggestions for improvements to housing choice.


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