Page 561 - Week 02 - Thursday, 24 March 2022

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government for their achievements with the transfer. I especially want to recognise the ongoing efforts of the ACT Public Sector Workers Compensation Commissioner and his team, who are continuing to improve the workers compensation experience and the wellbeing of our ACT government public servants.

I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 4—Inquiry into the Auditor-General-’s Report No. 6 of 2020: Transfer of Workers’ Compensation Arrangements from Comcare—Government response—Ministerial statement, 24 March 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health—public health workforce

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.46): I am pleased to rise today to acknowledge the ACT’s public health workforce and the incredible work they do each day for the Canberra community. Health workers are truly the lifeblood of our health system in the ACT. There are more than 10,000 people who work across Canberra Health Services, the ACT Health Directorate and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce. They are a significant part of our community and our public service.

From the direct care of consumers in our health services to the work they do behind the scenes to ensure that our system serves Canberrans effectively, this is an opportunity to recognise them for all that they do. We know the past two years have been simply extraordinary. Our health system has faced unprecedented pressure. Our public health workers have made incredible changes as they have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic to keep Canberrans safe. They have worked tremendously hard, and they continue to work through the issues that confront us every day as a result of this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, fingers crossed.

We have now reached more than two years since the first case of COVID-19 in the ACT, and through this time health workers have shown incredible resilience in the face of the pandemic’s challenges. They have built up our service capability so that we can be ready to respond effectively to further outbreaks as and when they occur.

Health professionals engage with our community throughout our entire lives, from birth to the very end. The ACT government respects and appreciates our health professionals, our nurses, doctors, midwives and allied health professionals. We listen to them and we support them. That is why we have committed to employing more than 400 new doctors, nurses and allied health workers in this term of government.

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