Page 955 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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Given that Canberra Avenue is a main arterial route between Canberra and Queanbeyan, the current reduced speed limit of 60km/h is appropriate. Introducing a 40km/h speed limit on this road section is unlikely to be an effective measure without extensive traffic calming measures, which are incompatible with this road’s arterial function.

However, Transport Canberra and City Services will undertake an internal review of traffic movements in this area to inform consideration of other possible interventions, such as a controlled/signalised pedestrian crossing.

The committee considers the government response to be satisfactory and will therefore not be inquiring further into the matters raised in petition 18-22.

Sitting suspended from 12.51 to 2.00 pm.

Questions without notice

Canberra Health Services—data security

MR HANSON: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Mental Health. Minister, today there is a report in the media entitled: “Carers ACT say they are ‘deeply disappointed’ over alleged Dhulwa patient privacy breaches”. That report states:

A peak body for carers in Canberra has expressed shock at alleged patient privacy breaches at a forensic mental health facility and has said their concerns were ignored in the lead-up to the incidents.

Carers ACT has described the alleged breaches from staff at Dhulwa as “unacceptable”. The body has called on the government and health authorities to issue public statements acknowledging the deep impact this has had on people living with mental health issues and their carers.

Minister, when did Carers ACT first raise their concerns with your office or with Canberra Health Services and were they ignored?

MS DAVIDSON: Thank you for the question. First and foremost I would like to thank Carers ACT for their absolutely critical work in supporting and advocating for carers in the ACT. My office has been in contact with Ms Kelly and we have scheduled a meeting with Carers ACT as well as with the CHS CEO Dave Peffer. I understand they would have made a submission to the inquiry into Dhulwa during last year. The statement from Carers ACT which Mr Hanson here was just looking to politicise notes their concern about the recent breach of privacy at Dhulwa and it goes on to state that:

We firmly believe that trust in health professionals to respect privacy and dignity is central to the commitment to treatment and recovery in the mental health sector and sharing of confidential—

Ms Lawder: Point of order, Madam Speaker, as to relevance. The question asked when did Carers ACT first raise their concerns with you. We have had the best part of a minute and we have not touched on the answer.


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