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when did your directorate or Canberra Health Services first inform you about problems at Dhulwa and what did you do?

MS DAVIDSON: I receive regular briefs on what is happening across a number of our mental health facilities in Canberra, including Dhulwa. We were being briefed about what was occurring during February. You are talking about some events that occurred during 2018. A significant amount of work has occurred over the last few years to reduce occupational violence in Dhulwa, as well as across all our Canberra health services. That has resulted in significant reductions in incidents of occupational violence across our mental health facilities. It is very important that that work continues engaging with the unions and with the nurses as well as with clinical experts—

Mr Hanson: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order. Ms Davidson, resume your seat.

Mr Hanson: The question, which was specific, was: when was she first informed about the problems at Dhulwa? What was the date she was first informed and what action did she take? What did she do at that point?

MADAM SPEAKER: To those points of the question, Ms Davidson.

MS DAVIDSON: I was trying to answer two elements there, one of which was about things that occurred in 2018, which was a little bit before my time here, and at the same time addressing what was happening specifically during February. I am hoping that the answer I provided addresses both of those elements.

MS LAWDER: Minister, when were you first informed by the nurses union about their safety concerns at Dhulwa and what did you do?

MS DAVIDSON: I was very happy to have had some meetings with the ANMF prior to the events that happened in February. When I first came into this position they began to engage with me, and I very much appreciated that. I was informed by the union of their concerns during February and March. We had a number of conversations about what their nurses were experiencing and what kind of process we would need to go through to address that.

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. The question asked what she did. She said she had conversations. She was informed of the problems. The question goes to what did she do? Did she do anything? Yes or no?

MADAM SPEAKER: I can’t direct the minister to answer. She still has over a minute left. Ms Davidson, you have the floor. Continue.

MS DAVIDSON: As I was saying earlier, on Wednesday, 30 March I welcomed a group of around a dozen nurses, along with their ANMF representatives, to talk me through their experiences at work. As I have said before, as a community sector worker and as friend I have listened to the experiences of nurses and midwives about

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