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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4839 ..


Staff are encouraged to report these incidents. The Riskman system is there to record these incidents. That enables management teams, right through from on the floor to senior management, to get data on these matters, to identify trends and to seek to remedy them. For example, this data will be used to inform the nurse safety strategy, which I have spoken about before in this place. That data is also informing work that is being done through the ACT Health work health and safety strategic plan being led by the CEO of Canberra Health Services. So that data is very important. I absolutely encourage staff to report incidents so that we do know what is happening in the workplace.

MS LAWDER: This may go to a different minister: which areas of ACT Health have the worst or highest number of problems of staff being hit by moving objects? I will repeat part of my earlier question: is there anything being done to reduce the incidence of staff being hit by moving objects?

MR RATTENBURY: In terms of the second part of Ms Lawder's question, I just addressed that specifically. We have two particular pieces of work going on: the nurse safety strategy—towards a safer culture project; and the ACT Health work health and safety strategic plan. These things are targeted more broadly at occupational violence, and the specific category that Ms Lawder is asking about will be part of that. They are two specific pieces of work that are happening at the moment.

There is other ongoing work: general training of staff around dealing with occupational violence, and the range of ongoing efforts that go into making the workplace as safe as possible, apart from the two specific pieces of work.

In terms of the first half of Ms Lawder's question, the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and I will take that on notice and provide that information.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, does the directorate keep separate statistics for clients or visitors being hit by moving objects?

MR RATTENBURY: I believe so. I will take that on notice and check and I am happy to provide that information later.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—maintenance

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, I refer to media reports on 18 November about problems in birthing suites at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Extensive work has been done on the 15 delivery suites and bathrooms due to water leaking into the wall cavities.

Minister, why were prospective mothers not told about the problems with the birthing suites so that they could make an informed choice about where they would go to give birth? When was repair work done on the birthing suites at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children?


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