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Question resolved in the affirmative.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, can I say that this is a good outcome from the women’s caucus, to be able to come together on common understandings and common things of importance.

ACT Disability Health Strategy—development

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.21): I rise today to give an update on the development of the ACT Disability Health Strategy, in response to recommendation 11 of report No 3 of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Wellbeing—Appropriation Bill 2021-2022, and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2021-2022.

In the lead-up to the 2020 election the government committed to developing and implementing a disability health strategy—something that remains a priority for me in the health portfolio. Development of the Disability Health Strategy is progressing, with the ACT Health Directorate commencing work in 2021 in collaboration with the Community Services Directorate.

Phase 1, the scoping of the Disability Health Strategy Project, was completed in December 2021 and delivered a scoping paper, “Future Directions of Disability Health in the ACT: Phase One of the ACT Disability Health Strategy Project”, and a listening report, “ACT Disability Health Strategy Roundtable: Listening Report—Phase One of the of the ACT Disability Health Strategy Project”.

Phase 2, the development of the Disability Health Strategy itself, commenced in January 2022. At its conclusion it will deliver a disability health strategy and first action plan.

Phase 3, the launch and implementation of the strategy, will commence in 2023 and will deliver a 10-year ACT disability health strategy and its first action plan in multiple mediums, including easy English, and will include planning, budget submissions and implementation of seed projects.

The Disability Health Strategy will be informed by the detailed work, consultation and engagement undertaken by the community and ACT government over the past few years. We do not want, nor do we need, to reinvent the wheel, when so much good work has gone before.

The strategy will build on this work, including the phase 1 scoping paper and listening report, national and ACT policy and research recommendations, the ACT Council of Social Service 2019 report Imagining Better—Reflections on access, choice and control in ACT health services for people with disability and Women’s Health Matters 2022 report “I have to ask to be included...” to deliver, with the disability community, an ambitious strategy with a vision for a better, more accessible, more equitable health system.

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