Page 2085 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 June 2022

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A senior nurse has been appointed to focus on OV across MHJHADS. The clinician has been assigned to Dhulwa for the next three months to support training, education, reporting, governance, coaching, mentoring and the development and implementation of new strategies to reduce OV.

The introduction of scenario-based training to provide clinical staff and security the opportunity to practice OV response techniques. This is expected to support and improve staff confidence to lead and coordinate response to OV incidents.

Senior management staff have been working on weekends to provide leadership, encouragement, and additional support for staff.

A Clinical Nurse Educator has recently been recruited to structure and facilitate staff education programs and reinvigorate of the Safewards model in Dhulwa.

Audiovisual equipment in the de-escalation area, to engage and deescalate aggressive/agitated consumers, is to be installed. The expected completion date for this is July 2022 dependent on the availability of the equipment.

Conversion of an interview room in Lomandra into a second sensory modulation room. This room will have interactive audio-visual equipment and massage chair. This room is expected to provide a more calming environment and be easily accessible to agitated/aggressive consumers. This is also expected to be completed by the end of July 2022.

Increased consumer access to structured activities and engagement in therapeutic group programs is in place. This is expected to further reduce boredom which can be a trigger for agitation in mental health units.

Education—languages action plan

Ms Berry (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Davis on Tuesday, 3 May 2022):

ACT schools deliver languages as a part of the Australian Curriculum, the Board of Senior Secondary Studies Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Curricula. Each of these curricula offer differing streams of proficiency of language education. Upon the development and updating of these language curricula there is a public consultation process, which includes native speakers.

The next round of consultation will commence in June 2022 and continue until the end of 2023 through an Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) public consultation process. This process is open to native speakers.

In addition to the ACARA review of language curricula, the ACT is also developing the draft ACT Languages Education Action Plan. It is anticipated the ACT Languages Education Action Plan will help to address complexities of the current global shortage of language teachers. It will be the ACT Government’s key tool for the strategic planning around language learning, recruiting, and retaining language specialists, and making the ACT a jurisdiction of choice for language teachers. Prior to implementation of this Plan, there will be extensive and wide-reaching public

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