Page 826 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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I acknowledge the Parks and Conservation Service team, and all involved in delivering this project, for their efforts. I encourage west Belconnen residents and indeed all Canberra resident, to take the opportunity to visit Jarramlee and experience this special place.

I present the following paper:

Jarramlee Nature Reserve—Remediation Project Completion—Ministerial statement, 29 March 2023.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Health—Chief Health Officer report—update

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.50): I rise today to provide an update to the Assembly on the population health reporting delivered by the ACT Chief Health Officer, or CHO, under section 10 of the Public Health Act 1997. I tabled the most recent CHO population health report in April 2021. This reporting is important for informing government and the community on key population health indicators and trends.

Since that time, significant work has been done to update the format of the CHO reporting to increase access and usability and to ensure that the most up-to-date data is available. HealthStats ACT is now the go-to site for the most recent available data for a range of indicators and measures. Data is sourced from ACT and national databases, including administrative and surveillance data, cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys and data registries.

The new CHO reporting format complements the up-to-date population health statistics, indicators and short reports that are available through the HealthStats ACT online information portal. In modernising the CHO reporting required under section 10 of the act, the Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman, is now supplementing the data on HealthStats ACT with additional online narrative components on focused topics. This includes a snapshot of high level social and population health indicators for the ACT, which provides additional context for the data.

The new online reports, together with HealthStats ACT, will provide a comprehensive overview of the health status of the Canberra community, allowing for timely data and analysis as new information becomes available. This reporting provides insight about challenges to our public health and opportunities for improvement, enabling the ACT government to make informed decisions on public health matters. This data provides a wealth of information to inform government and the community about the state of our health by identifying health trends and emerging public health needs and issues.

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