Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 November 2022) . . Page.. 4044 ..
Were you made aware of any of the incidents that occurred at the AMHU? And, if so, did you ask whether there were any safety concerns?
MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for your interest in workplace health and safety at AMHU. It is always of concern when there are occupational health and safety incidents in the workplace, and we work very hard to make sure people are able to do their jobs safely while delivering the best possible care for patients. There are a number of processes and training programs that are ongoing to make sure that staff are as well equipped as possible to be able to deliver patient health care safely. This is something that we talk about—
Ms Lee: Madam Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order. The question Mr Cocks is asking Ms Davidson is very straightforward: were you made aware of any of the incidents that occurred at the AMHU? I understand that she is talking about the processes in place, but the question specifically goes to, “Were you made aware?” I ask that the Minister be directly relevant.
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Davidson, answer to that point of the question in the time you have remaining.
MS DAVIDSON: As I was saying, the programs and training that are provided to staff at AMHU are something we discuss regularly with CHS. It is one of the ways in which we ensure staff are as well equipped as they possibly can be to deliver the right level of patient care as safely as possible—
Mr Cocks: Madam Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order on relevance. You have asked the minister to be directly relevant. She is still speaking on processes rather than her awareness of those incidents or safety concerns.
MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, you have a short time left: to the question.
MS DAVIDSON: As I was saying, in relation to the conversations about safety concerns, this is why we talk about training procedures and programs that are in place. (Time expired.)
MR COCKS: Minister, when you took over the portfolio of mental health, did your predecessor inform you of any concerns or issues related to the safety of staff and/or patients in mental health wards at Canberra Hospital?
MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for your ongoing interest in staff workplace safety. When I took up this position, I was thoroughly briefed as the incoming minister by CHS, and that covered quite a range of issues, including work health and safety training programs and how we are taking care of staff. It is appropriate for them to be able to provide the level of detail that is required. Those conversations are revisited regularly to ensure that work is continuing well, as it has been.
MS CASTLEY: Minister, did you make any inquiries into the safety of the Adult Mental Health Unit when you were made aware of safety concerns about Dhulwa, the ACT’s other mental health unit?