Page 869 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I want also to provide some further information in relation to how breaches are identified. Canberra Health Services has advised that disclosure processes and personal health information breaches are reported through the RiskMan system when they are identified. An investigation of reports is undertaken by the relevant division within Canberra Health Services, in conjunction with the insurance and legal liaison unit and people in culture division, where those are relevant. Breaches that reach the threshold are then reported to the senior executive responsible for business integrity and risk.

I provide that further information, Madam Speaker, in the context of the questions that have been asked—that some matters are likely to be dealt with at the divisional level and therefore it may not be possible for Canberra Health Services, at an organisational level, to go back and historically identify those things.

In response to the question that I took on notice from Mr Cocks, I will ask Canberra Health Services to consider what it can identify. As I have said previously and as I said yesterday in providing this information, the information that I have been able to provide to date is what Canberra Health Services has been able to identify in the short time frame between these matters becoming a matter of public discussion and the request to do some further work on this.

If there is further information that is able to be provided, I will bring it back to the Assembly in the next sitting period.

Mental health—Mental Health Advisory Council

MS DAVIDSON: I took a question on notice yesterday about the timing of
letters sent regarding appointments to the Mental Health Advisory Council. I have followed that up with the ACT Health Directorate and can confirm that all applicants for that council will receive notification of the outcome of their applications, and the letters have been sent. I can confirm that all appointees will receive the notification of their successful appointment with a minimum of one month’s notice ahead of the
next Mental Health Advisory Council meeting, which is currently scheduled for
4 May 2023.

Canberra Hospital—Maternal and Fetal Medicine Unit

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (2.57): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) Canberra Hospital’s accreditation as a training site for staff in the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Unit has been suspended since 31 August;

(b) Canberra Health Services (CHS) has been advertising for this position since June 2022 and have still failed to recruit a Maternal Fetal Medicine staff specialist;

(c) loss of accreditation by the College of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has meant that Canberra Hospital is not able to provide accredited training for junior doctors; and


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