Page 1143 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 4 May 2022

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The early intervention working group is focused on identifying system-wide issues that have, or are likely to have, an impact on culture across the ACT public health system. The group has focused on identifying and monitoring culture issues that may arise from the implementation of significant change programs, including the digital health record, the human resource information management system, or HRIMS, and the Canberra Hospital master plan.

Lastly, Madam Speaker, the professional transition to work working group is aimed at investing in our early career professionals as they transition from being students to developing into professionals in the health system. Two research projects have been initiated by the working group. These projects support an evidence-based approach to understanding and delivering programs to best support professionals in their first two years of work within the health system.

Engagement with key stakeholders across the health system continues through a range of forums, including the ACT Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board, the NGO Leadership Group, the Clinical Leadership Forum and the Professional Colleges Advisory Committee.

As at the 27 April 2022 oversight group meeting, 11 of the 20 recommendations from the culture review have been completed and significant progress has been made on all other recommendations. There are 92 discrete actions identified to implement the 20 recommendations, of which 75 have been completed, or 82 per cent. Of the remaining actions, seven are on track and 10 are being actively managed. The remaining actions that are on track and being actively managed are those components of the recommendations that have dependencies on the previous actions to be marked as complete, such as evaluations.

The 11 recommendations completed to date are: recommendation 1, embed vision and values; recommendation 2, measure organisational effectiveness; recommendation 5, review better mechanisms to better integrate clinical streams of the community health services within the clinical divisional structures in Canberra Health Services; recommendation 8, memorandum of understanding for improved collaboration between the ACT and New South Wales public health systems for joint ministerial consideration; recommendation 10, clear requirement for senior clinicians to collaboratively participate in clinical governance activities; recommendation 11, Choosing Wisely program; recommendation 12, clinically qualified divisional directors across each clinical division with business manager support within Canberra Health Services; recommendation 13, implement leadership program; recommendation 17, public commitment; recommendation 18, culture review oversight group; and recommendation 20, change management and communication strategy.

The past six months have seen significant progress across a number of areas, including human resource functions, workforce planning, promoting positive workplace behaviour, leadership and management, and the territory-wide approach to health research. Progress towards addressing the 2020 HR functions reviews for the ACT Health Directorate, Canberra Health Services and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

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