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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 March 2010) . . Page.. 1292 ..

Alexander Maconochie Centre

MS BRESNAN: My question is for the Attorney-General and concerns clients of the transitional release centre at the AMC. I understand that ACT Corrective Services does not allow these clients to access the AMC medical centre. Attorney-General, could you please advise the Assembly what steps ACT Corrective Services is taking to ensure these clients can access general practitioners and other necessary health services?

MR CORBELL: It is an operational question. I will seek some advice and I will take the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary question?

MS BRESNAN: What steps is ACT Corrective Services taking to assist community organisations concerned with health services gain access to clients at the transitional release centre, and what level of contact is there currently?

MR CORBELL: Again, I will take the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question?

MS HUNTER: Minister, given public transport only leaves the AMC at 11.50 am and 4.50 pm each day, could you please advise whether Corrective Services assists these clients in getting transport to and from health-related appointments?

MR CORBELL: Again, I would have to take the question on notice. There is quite a level of operational detail there that I do not have in front of me. But I will seek advice and provide an answer to the member.

Social workers—stress leave

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. Minister, is it the case that a number of social workers in the care and protection area of your department recently went on stress leave at or about the same time? If yes, how many staff went on leave, when did they go, and how much leave have they been given?

MS BURCH: I do not have the details of the comings and goings of my staff. I know that our staff have a good retention rate, so I am happy to go back and ask my department about the comings and goings of individual work cohorts.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?

MRS DUNNE: Minister, when you seek that advice from your department, can you find out and come back to the Assembly with whether or not the stress leave was related to workplace bullying and what actions the department has taken to address workplace bullying.

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