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4. The Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery and Executive Group Manager, People and Culture approved Workforce Strategy and Planning staff to conduct and facilitate the focus group sessions due to their previous experience and training undertaking such tasks. Development of the plan was not completed by external sources.

5. A communications plan was developed and approved. Communications were delivered through internal communications including the CEO Bulletin, the main Intranet page, DONS and ADONs meetings, flyers in tea rooms and an Eventbrite link. Communications commenced on 31 May 2021 and concluded in October 2021.

6. All nursing staff were sent a link to an online survey they could complete. Workforce Planning staff also undertook individual meetings with staff as requested and conducted online focus group sessions.

7. The ACT Health Directorate was engaged throughout various stages of the workforce plan development. Within CHS, the CEO and Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery were advised of progress of focus groups throughout the consultation period via regular catchups.

Schools—school psychologists
(Question No 776)

Ms Castley asked the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 6 May 2022:

(1) How many ACT government schools are there.

(2) How many school psychologists are employed by the Education Directorate, broken down by (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) casual, etc.

(3) Does every government school have a full-time school psychologist; if not, how often is a school psychologist at the school.

(4) Can the Minister provide a list of all schools which have school psychologist and whether they are at the school five days a week, two days, etc.

(5) Can the Minister provide a list of schools that do not have a school psychologist.

(6) Are there more school psychologists employed in high schools and colleges than primary schools; if so, how many and how often are school psychologists at high schools and colleges compared to primary schools.

(7) What is the role of the school psychologist.

(8) Are school psychologists required to submit reports with the Education Directorate about their work and the nature of the student issues they deal with; if so, can the Minister provide details for the last two years.

(9) Has the number of school psychologists changed over the last five years; if so, can the Minister provide details.

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