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of people who are feeling very unwell and in need of acute health care is an important part of making sure that they receive the right health care.

I am going to quote from page 53 of the report into the Dhulwa inquiry:

The Inquiry is also concerned by allegations by numerous stakeholders concerning breaches of privacy and confidentiality relating to consumers which may have amounted to a breach of their human rights.

The inquiry that was conducted into Dhulwa was done by an independent chair, with the support of forensic mental health specialists, and received submissions from organisations, including Carers ACT.

Ms Lawder: A point of order, Madam Speaker. In the preamble, there was a quote from the article from carers who said they were routinely ignored when they raised concerns. The question was: why were concerns ignored? We are not talking about the Dhulwa report; we are talking about the article in the paper where carers said their concerns were routinely ignored.

MADAM SPEAKER: She is replying to when issues were raised and being dealt with. You are in order, but perhaps go more closely to that point.

MS DAVIDSON: The seriousness with which I take these kinds of allegations is reflected in the fact that, in May 2022, we set up the Dhulwa inquiry with an independent chair, with all of the right support in place to be able to fully investigate and understand what it was that needed to be done. That report was tabled in the last sitting week of 2022 and I came back in here on the first sitting week of 2023— (Time expired.)

MR COCKS: Minister, how many times were concerns of people with lived experience and their carers raised, and when?

MS DAVIDSON: I have had regular conversations with Carers ACT about their concerns about the way in which carers engage with various ACT government programs for the entire time that I have been here. It is their role as advocates for carers to continue to raise those concerns with me, and it is my responsibility to take those concerns seriously and follow through on them, and I have done so.

I have been, in the past, one of those people who come to this place to raise those kinds of concerns about carers and about people with lived experience of mental health conditions with our elected representatives. Mr Hanson would know this as well. He is one of those people that I have come to in the past to raise concerns with.

It is really important that, when we are talking about the situation with this privacy breach, we keep in mind that there are patients here who still need to see justice, who still need external investigations to carry out their work. I will continue to work with Carers ACT and other organisations advocating for patients’ human rights to make sure that all 25 of the recommendations of that board of inquiry into Dhulwa are implemented and are done properly.


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