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The Canberra Restorative Community strongly support the proposed motion and see this as a vital step forward to build on the powerful work of restorative justice that sees Canberra as an international leader in this area.

This supports the global evidence supporting the use of restorative justice to provide positive outcomes for communities. In addition, there is powerful evidence that restorative practice and justice can the used to anticipate and prevent harm and enable flourishing communities.

I hope this motion today goes someway in providing an alternative, trauma informed, empowering process for justice for victims in the ACT.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Health—health workforce

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (3.40): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) a 2021 ACT Government evaluation of recommendations and outcomes from nurse practitioner reviews between 2002 and 2018 found that almost half of the recommendations had not been met and that advice to the Minister acknowledged that “These barriers are leading to workforce uncertainty and unhealthy workforce growth.”;

(b) in 2023, 59 Australian National University (ANU) Medical School graduates commenced with Canberra Health Services (CHS) despite CHS offering 94 spots;

(c) the Medical Training Survey 2022 shows the ACT had the lowest rating of all jurisdictions on every top-level measure of trainee doctors’ feedback about their workplace;

(d) nurse-to-patient ratios are still not compliant across both public hospitals;

(e) since 2018-19 to 2021-22, there has been a 28 percent increase in work health and safety incidents despite having the Work Health and Safety Strategy 2018-2022 in place;

(f) the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) recently said that improvement in CHS’ workplace culture in recent years had been “minute”; and

(g) evidence given by the University of Canberra (UC) during the Inquiry into Recovery Plan for Nursing and Midwifery Workers (IRPNMW) stated that “There is a shortage of midwives, and the number of midwifery graduates is insufficient to meet the demand for new graduate positions.”;

(2) further notes, at a time when CHS’ staff are overstretched, the compulsory acquisition of Calvary Public Hospital is causing more disruption to the ACT’s front-line health workforce, with many staff not expected to transition to CHS, putting even more pressure on already overstretched front-line staff;

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