Page 868 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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MS DAVIDSON: I can take on notice which of the other directors-general that letter went to—whether it was all of them or a select group of them. I would have to say that, given that we have 50,000 carers in our community, and given the range of work that the ACT government does, it is really important that the whole of the ACT government is thinking about how we can best support carers. Thank you for the question. I will take on notice which directorates were sent the letter.

DR PATERSON: Minister, which agencies are considered a funded support agency and therefore have reporting obligations under the act or are among the 700 that have been written to?

MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for that question. Given that I wrote to more than 700 ACT community sector representatives to inform them of the obligations under the act, and given the wide range of organisations that receive funding from the ACT government, it might be quite a long list of agencies that you are looking for there. A better perspective on how we think about carers and our obligations to support them is to assume that we all have responsibilities in this area. The Carers Recognition Act is an important step forward for our whole community in recognising the work of unpaid carers, who provide care to older people, people with disability and out of home care for children who cannot live at home.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper, thank you,
Madam Speaker.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Canberra Health Services—data security

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: In relation to the conversations earlier about Canberra Health Services’ identification of privacy breaches, I want to clarify, in relation to the eight matters that I referred to, I had previously identified that those were matters
that proceeded to summary termination, misconduct investigation or referral to an external body. Those were additional to two other matters in this brief, so I needed to clarify that.

There was an article in the Canberra Times, published on Thursday, 23 March, identifying a previous consumer who had had her health records accessed without consent. That is an additional matter to the eight, and action was taken in relation to that matter. I am also aware of, and CHS has identified, a consumer who complained in 2014 that their privacy had been breached by advising their employer of their engagement with alcohol and drug services. That matter was not pursued by the consumer, so that did not reach a conclusion.

Just to be very clear and transparent, as is the way that I operate, and have consistently over the 6½ years that I have been in this place—

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, that is inappropriate.


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