Page 746 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 28 March 2023

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That is why on 2 May I announced an independent inquiry into Dhulwa that included a secretariat that provided forensic mental health expertise and work, health and safety expertise and a broad terms of reference that enabled Ms Barbara Deegan, as the independent chair, to look at a range of areas, including the legislative governance, the clinical framework, what is best practice and what training and support might be required.

It takes some time to do that, but we still managed to have a report tabled in this Assembly by the end of the calendar year. Also, by the first sitting week back in this calendar year, we were able to come back and say that we had accepted all 25 of the recommendations and had commenced work to implement them and, on top of that, that we have an independent oversight committee that will oversee the implementation of all of the recommendations.

This is quite a thorough piece of work and reflects the level of community concern about patient care as well as staff safety.

MS CASTLEY: How many MBS funded psychological consultations could the cost of these reviews cover?

MS DAVIDSON: That sounds like an excellent question for the commonwealth Minister for Health. The MBS is actually a commonwealth program. Here in the ACT we have a wide range of mental health programs for people who perhaps do not even have eligibility for MBS services, including counselling at the ACT Women’s Health Service and some of our youth mental health programs delivered by organisations like CatholicCare. We are very committed to making sure that we have a wide range of services available to people.

I know that the difficulties in understanding how funding arrangements work between commonwealth and state can be quite tricky and very complex, but it is very well worth reading up on and understanding who is funding what, so that you can make sure that you are asking the relevant minister.

Emergency services—Gungahlin

MR BRADDOCK: My question is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, can you please provide an update on the Gungahlin Joint Emergency Services Centre project?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Braddock for his question. The government of course has committed to a long-term plan to support ACT Policing to take possession of the whole JESC building to increase operational capacity. In the 2021-22 budget, the government announced it was investing more than $8.2 million to improve accommodation for our police and emergency services in Gungahlin. The project will be delivered in three phases.

Phase 1 involves the relocation of the ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT State Emergency Service units from the JESC to another site in the Mitchell precinct.
The heads of agreement has been signed for the Mitchell site and comments and

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