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With the statutory review of the Inspector of Correctional Services Act 2017 now underway, I would again commend this recommendation. A well-resourced inspector is in the interests of the ACT, providing the oversight required and ensuring that the ACT government treats detainees with dignity and in accordance with their human rights. Failure to do so will make the ACT liable for further breaches of the human rights of our detainees.
The inspector has struggled to obtain the necessary resources to fulfill his functions. Making this role an officer of the Assembly would cement the independence of the role, separate from the executive, while also providing the transparency and oversight of budget decisions concerning this office.
I will now take the time to read the government response and will provide a more detailed comment to the Assembly in the future.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Canberra Hospital—paediatric emergency department—update
MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.34): I rise today to provide the Assembly with an update on the actions being taken in response to two resolutions passed by the Legislative Assembly about public paediatric services in the ACT.
On 21 September 2022, the Assembly passed a resolution noting a number of items in relation to the Paediatric Early Warning System and the Call and Respond Early for Patient Safety program. This motion also acknowledged that I would be convening a Child and Adolescent Clinical Services Expert Panel to support the finalisation of the territory-wide Child and Adolescent Clinical Services Plan. The resolution called on the ACT government to report to the Legislative Assembly on the work of the expert panel and the development of the Child and Adolescent Clinical Services Plan by 30 June 2023.
On 12 October 2022, the Assembly passed a resolution which noted the dedicated paediatric service for children attending the emergency department at the Canberra Hospital. It was noted that, due to the impacts of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses among the health workforce at that time, Canberra Hospital’s emergency department had been required to operate on a consolidated footprint during periods of staffing pressure. It was also noted that the new critical services building emergency department will include an enhanced paediatric treatment area and an expanded paediatric waiting area for children requiring emergency treatment. This resolution called on the ACT government to continue to safely optimise use of the paediatric emergency department space at Canberra Hospital.
Madam Speaker, significant work has progressed to consider the range of health needs of children and adolescents in the ACT. The ACT government remains committed to