Page 3654 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 23 November 2022

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The Chief Minister, myself and the Minister for Mental Health signed a joint open letter on 3 August 2022 to outline our commitment to the health workforce in the ACT. We are and will continue to deliver more support for our health workers with more staff, more opportunities, new facilities and a safer workplace.

The ACT Government has a range of activities underway to address nursing and midwifery worker recovery. These activities include health workforce planning, the continued implementation of safety programs alongside Mandated Minimum Nurse/Midwife-to-Patient Ratios, a focus on wellbeing and recovery and programs of work to embed a positive workplace culture.

On behalf of the ACT Government, I extend my thanks to the petitioners for bringing this matter to the Assembly’s attention.

Motion to take note of petition

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the response so lodged be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Out-of-order petition

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (10.02), by leave: I present the following paper:

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Kangaroo management in the ACT—Immediate independent review—Ms Lawder (5426 signatures).

Children and young people—Best Start for Canberra’s Children strategy

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.02): Today we are tabling the Best Start for Canberra’s Children: The First 1,000 Days Strategy. I do this proudly, as Minister for Early Childhood Development, and with my colleague Minister Stephen-Smith, in her capacity as Minister for Health and Minister for Families and Community Services.

The first 1,000 days is the period from conception to a child’s second birthday. The evidence tells us that this time is integral to laying the foundations for life and is a time equally as important for the child and the close community around them.

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