Page 211 - Week 01 - Thursday, 10 February 2022

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years back was to try and get more accurate data on the record about unemployment rates for women with disability in the ACT. I look forward to continuing to work on this issue.

He asked that we continue to work for greater representation of people with disability in leadership positions, in boardrooms, parliaments and everywhere in society. This connects up with how we see disability—that the diversity of ways in which our bodies and minds function is part of the normal range of human existence. If we can challenge the way that we see disability, we can become the inclusive and supportive community that we want to be, where everyone can thrive and fulfil their potential. That is a lot easier to achieve when we have a well-run, properly resourced NDIS so that people with disability can live an ordinary life, including the ability to study, work and engage with their community.

I will continue to promote the core principles of choice and control, to advocate for co-design with people with lived experience of disability, and to protect the ACT’s interests, as a shareholder, in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

I present the following paper:

National Disability Insurance Scheme—Response to the Assembly resolution of 5 August 2021—Ministerial statement, 10 February 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Mental health services—Safe Haven pilot

Ministerial statement

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health and Minister for Mental Health) (10.40): I am very pleased to be here today to talk about the pilot of the community-based Safe Haven service—the very first one of its kind for the ACT. On 26 November I was pleased to be able to open this important new service in the ACT. The opening of the Safe Haven has been much anticipated by the community, and I am grateful for the contributions of clinicians, policymakers, carers, and people with lived experience.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the steering group and the members of the design teams for their hard work, enthusiasm and engagement in the project. I would also like to thank Capital Health Network for collaborating with us on this pilot, the Head to Health centre and the pop-up mental health clinic, which are all important additions to the mental health service landscape.

I am pleased to acknowledge Stride Mental Health, our delivery partner for the Safe Haven pilot service in Belconnen. I am immensely proud of the work done by ACT

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