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All of these efforts need to be underpinned by evidence-based planning, through quality data and monitoring and evaluation activities that can help us to work towards clear outcomes. Importantly, we need to recognise the contributions of the community-managed workforce and the workforce challenges faced by this subsector. The community-managed workforce will be considered across each priority area, alongside the clinical workforce.

Following the release of the strategy, an implementation plan will be developed, in collaboration with the sector, that will explore each priority area in more depth and provide sub-plans across each priority area. Each priority area will be explored across the clinical and community-managed workforce to ensure that future initiatives support the whole continuum of care, from the acute to the community response.

The mental health workforce is a key driver in facilitating the delivery of mental health services and therefore mental health and wellbeing outcomes across the community. The workforce is the pillar of our mental health system and we must explore the challenges that we face here in the ACT and work towards solutions collaboratively.

We will continue to work on a detailed plan for our mental health workforce. As this work develops, the office will engage with crucial partners such as universities, employers, unions, professional associations and royal colleges. I look forward to releasing the strategy as soon as possible and providing you with periodic updates as this work continues.

I present the following paper:

ACT Mental Health Workforce Strategy—Update on Assembly resolution 8 October 2021—Ministerial statement, 23 March 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ukraine—armed conflict

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (10.52): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) voices support for the democratically elected Ukrainian Government, the Ukrainian people and Canberra’s Ukrainian community; and

(2) requests the Speaker convey to the Ukrainian Government, via the Embassy in Canberra, the support of this Assembly expressed in this motion.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been shocking and horrific. We have all witnessed devastating scenes every day on the TV news and through social media feeds, and

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