Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2023 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 23 March 2023) . . Page.. 587 ..
Thursday, 23 March 2023
MR ACTING SPEAKER (Mr Parton) (10.00): Members:
Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.
Yanggu ngalawiri dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.
Nginggada Dindi wanggiralidjinyin.
The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and they translate to:
This is Ngunnawal Country.
Today we are all meeting on Ngunnawal country.
We always pay respect to Elders, female and male.
Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Leave of absence
Motion (by Mr Braddock) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Ms Clay for this sitting due to personal reasons.
Motion (by Ms Lawder) agreed to:
That leave of absence be granted to Mr Cain for this sitting due to personal reasons.
Canberra Health Services—data security
Statement by minister
MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.02), by leave: When a breach of patient privacy occurs, it is important that the patients involved are foremost in our minds in how we respond. It is also important that external investigations are able to be conducted in the proper way. This means that, until late yesterday, I was not in a position to share some of the facts and dates about what happened and when in relation to the recent breach of patient privacy within a mental health team at Canberra Health Services. Now that the families of patients involved have received more of these details, I am able to provide an update to the Assembly.
In early February, Canberra Health Services discovered a potential breach of patient privacy through the sharing of personal health information outside the organisation without consent. I was notified on 8 February verbally, and further details were provided in regular updates in the weeks following as more information came to light about the extent and nature of the information that had been shared. An audit was undertaken to determine the breadth of the breach which uncovered significant and