Page 741 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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with an interest in this portfolio and particularly if their portfolios interact with the PAGA commitment.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, what further work needs to be undertaken to provide vibrant entertainment precincts that attract local activation in these areas?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Braddock for the question. We will be working with the community as I have said on those consultations and the formula for these precincts. I will be working with Minister Cheyne as well on that plan. It will include, as I have mentioned, the city centre entertainment precinct. EPSDD does not intend to take any further immediate external consultation on that part of the work we are doing. We will continue to liaise closely with the City Plan and District Planning teams and the City Renewal Authority as well as CMTEDD and other directorates on the Better Regulation Taskforce looking into the night-time economy.

Dhulwa Mental Health Unit—safety

MR COCKS: My question is, once again, to the Minister for Mental Health. Minister, it is almost a year since the events that triggered the inquiry into Dhulwa. That inquiry was expected to report in short order. The report did not come through until the end of last year. It had 25 recommendations that showed very serious issues being faced at the facility. It found poor standards of care delivery, dysfunction among staff, with unsupportive leadership, poorly managed change, fractured workforce relationships, workforce cliques and poor communication. Minister, given these findings and the urgency of the issue, why is it taking so long to address these problems?

MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for the question. As we all know, I announced that independent inquiry into the legislation, workplace governance and clinical frameworks at the Dhulwa Mental Health Unit on 2 May 2022. Ms Barbara Deegan was appointed chair of the inquiry and was supported by a panel including a forensic mental health expert and a work health and safety expert. They conducted quite a number of hearings. They conducted site visits, including to other forensic mental health facilities interstate, and they took submissions from quite a large number of stakeholders in the process. Quite a detailed inquiry was conducted.

The final report of the independent board of inquiry was presented to the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, 1 December 2022. That was the last sitting week of 2022. Then I came back for the first sitting week of 2023 to announce that the ACT government was accepting all 25 of the recommendations in that report and had already started the work to implement them.

In addition to that, we have also done the work to set up an independent oversight committee that will oversee the inquiry recommendations being implemented, to ensure that these recommendations are being implemented effectively. A number of education and training elements of those Dhulwa inquiry recommendations have been scheduled for start. We have already started the work. I look forward to seeing that work continuing and to hearing from the independent oversight committee about the progress that is being made to ensure that Dhulwa is able to be the place that we need it to be to provide good patient care and a safe workplace.


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