Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 November 2022) . . Page.. 3653 ..
Wednesday, 23 November 2022
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:
Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.
Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.
Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.
The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:
This is Ngunnawal Country.
Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.
We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.
Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The following response to a petition has been lodged:
Nurses and midwives—recovery plan—petition 19-22
By Ms Stephen-Smith, Minister for Health, dated 9 November 2022, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Davis on 3 August 2022, concerning the recovery plan for nursing and midwifery workers.
The response read as follows:
Dear Mr Duncan
Thank you for your letter of 3 August 2022 regarding Petition No 19-22 - Recovery Plan for Nursing and Midwifery Workers which was lodged by Mr Johnathan Davis MLA.
The ACT Government notes the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing has resolved to inquire and report on Petition No 19-22 - Recovery Plan for Nursing and Midwifery Workers. The ACT Government looks forward to contributing to this Inquiry, which will provide the opportunity to respond substantively to the important issues raised in the Petition.
The ACT Government acknowledges the stress and workload that nursing and midwifery workers have experienced, alongside all of their health workforce colleagues. Internationally these issues are replicated as the nursing and midwifery workforce and the broader community continues to manage from the ongoing impacts of the global pandemic and recover from significant waves of illness. The ACT Government looks forward to continuing partnerships with key stakeholders throughout the Inquiry and to working with nurses and midwives to make their workplaces great places to work.