Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 9 June 2022) . . Page.. 2017 ..
(6) What has been the cause of the delay in development of the SLA.
(7) Is there a draft version or a timeframe for delivery at this time.
Ms Davidson: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
1. The delivery of updated agreements has been impacted by resources being redirected to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Work on an updated agreement between the Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS) and Canberra Health Services (CHS) is underway, and the new agreement will include a schedule on mental health services for detainees. JACS anticipates that the new agreement will be in place by the second half of 2022.
3. CHS and JACS is of the view that the 2017 Arrangement between JACS and ACT Health for the delivery of health services for detainees still provides the guiding principles for the relationship between JACS and CHS.
4. By way of background, the fifth recommendation in the ACT Auditor-General’s report titled Management of detainee mental health services in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), focuses on the development of a service level agreement (SLA) between CHS JACS. Considerations regarding the development of this SLA began during this audit process.
5. Both CHS and JACS, specifically ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS), currently partner to deliver the health services within the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). Initial discussions have commenced on best way to formalise these arrangements, such as through an SLA.
6. There has not been a delay in the development of the SLA. Formalising the current arrangements is underway following recommendations made by the Auditor-General.
7. At present, a draft SLA has not been prepared. As previously stated, the process is in initial stages with discussions between CHS and ACTCS having commenced.
Mental health services—Dhulwa Mental Health Unit
(Question No 699)
Ms Castley asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 8 April 2022:
(1) How many Dhulwa staff have been on WorkCover each year since the unit opened and can the Minister provide detail including staff occupation, reason for WorkCover, the length of leave, etc.
(2) Further to the answer to a question taken on notice on 21 February 2022 (QToN No 11), can the Minister provide detail about the ‘OV physical’ incidents since 2019-20 including what happened in each incident, staff occupation, how was the staff member injured and what action was taken (eg, staff taken to hospital, staff treated at the scene, staff took leave).
(3) How many Dhulwa staff have taken stress/mental health leave each year since the unit opened and in what roles were the staff (eg, mental health nurses, security).