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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3260 ..


I again thank ACT Health staff for their work. I thank them for their ongoing commitment and their dedication to our community and for the work they do every day. The doctors, the nurses, the physios, the OTs, the pathologists, the pharmacists, the cleaners, the wards people, the administrators, the people in our kitchens, I thank them all. They all work hard every day for our community, and the last three months have shown their dedication to that. I put on the record again my disappointment at the opposition's mean-spiritedness in the response today, and I thank again the staff of ACT Health for their efforts.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Outcomes of the ACT Health system-wide data review

Ministerial statement

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (10.36): I take this opportunity to update the Assembly on another significant milestone for ACT Health following finalisation of the ACT Health system-wide data review. As members are aware, this is a critical piece of work and significant improvement has occurred within ACT Health since the review commenced in March 2017. When I announced this comprehensive review, I committed to provide quarterly updates to the Assembly as this work progressed.

Today I am pleased to table the review, together with the ACT government's response and ACT Health's implementation plan. Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity today to acknowledge and thank the members of the review panel for their guidance and support to ACT Health over the period of the review. The review panel has provided an important balance of internal and external oversight and expertise that has helped shape the outcomes of this review.

ACT Health has completed the review with a high level of confidence that recent recommendations about its data management and reporting practices have been either addressed as part of the review or will be actioned as a future activity. It is clear that over time the outcomes of this review will be the foundations upon which ACT Health's important change programs will be built.

The outcomes of the review will drive ACT Health's vision of best practice performance and underpin quality and continuous improvement of patient outcomes. This will enable innovative approaches to health service delivery and health system performance, leveraging the full capability of the datasets we hold. Moving forward, the outcomes from the review will enable meaningful change that will benefit our patients, clinicians, workforce, research, training and administrators.

As members are aware, I ordered this review last year, shortly after the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services 2017 was released. Some ACT Health data was not available in time for that publication. As a result, it was clear more work needed to be done to ensure that ACT Health's data management and quality assurance processes were robust and accurate.


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