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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1757 ..


to work closely with stakeholders over the coming months, and ACT Health will arrange training and education to ensure health professionals are aware of their obligations and understand how to best engage with their patients.

Under this legislation the Minister for Health and Wellbeing may also declare that information about the supply of other medicines can be reported to the database where there is evidence they are causing harm in the community and where the collection of data could assist in preventing that harm. The ACT government takes the privacy and safety of health information very seriously, and I also confirm that the bill includes privacy protections and disciplinary pathways to protect against unlawful or inappropriate access to the database or unlawful use of information from the database. Access to the database will require secure, individualised logins and passwords, and health professionals will be notified of their obligations in accessing and using database information. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Veterinary Practice Bill 2018

Ms Fitzharris, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (10.50): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to present the Veterinary Practice Bill 2018 to the ACT Legislative Assembly. The bill revokes the ACT's Veterinary Surgeons Act 2015 and the Veterinary Surgeons Regulations 2015. The Veterinary Surgeons Act and the Veterinary Surgeons Regulations came into effect in 2015 removing the regulation of veterinary surgeons in the ACT from the Health Professionals Act 2004. The then new legislation was established after a national health scheme was introduced that did not cover veterinary surgeons.

The former Minister for Territory and Municipal Services advised the profession and the Assembly in August 2015 that further consultation and work would be carried out by the ACT government on the legislation to ensure it is operating efficiently and to identify any further reforms. The Veterinary Practice Bill has been proposed based on the outcomes of the review of the ACT veterinary legislation, alternate models and the outcomes of consultation with key stakeholders, the veterinary profession and the community.

Veterinary legislation between Australian states and territories can vary significantly with respect to the registration process and requirements, and what procedures are classed as acts of veterinary science. However, there are parallels in the way all


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