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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 26 November 2014) . . Page.. 4080 ..


data is available. You would expect there to be a link between the two. I would say that workplace bullying, or bullying and harassment, is not exclusively related to a workplace. It can also be from customers or from dealing with external stakeholders. There are certainly claims of internal workplace bullying and harassment, but there is also acknowledgement in the state and territory public services dealing with often very difficult clients at times that there is a level of stress and mental health issues related to the nature of the work that is being performed. But I will see if there is any further data I can provide, Mrs Jones.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, have you done enough to limit bullying in ACT Health?

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, Mr Hanson; I did not hear the beginning of that question.

MR HANSON: The question was: have you done enough to limit bullying in ACT Health?

MS GALLAGHER: At a system level, yes, but I am certainly not in every workplace watching every interaction between staff, patients, carers and other stakeholders to ensure that not one case happens.

I would say that bullying and harassment claims accepted in 2013-14 represent two per cent of all claims. I am sorry; I do not think Mr Hanson heard that, but for the benefit of members who asked the question, they represent two per cent of all claims and they have come down from five per cent of all claims from the previous year. It constitutes 26 claims in 2012-13 and nine claims overall in 2013-14.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, has the RED framework been rolled out in all ACT directorates yet?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, it has.

Children and young people—trauma recovery centre

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, can you inform the Assembly of how the trauma recovery centre assists in helping children deal with the impact of trauma?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Berry for her ongoing interest in children and young people. I was very happy to launch the opening of Melaleuca Place as one of my first duties in becoming the Minister for Children and Young People, alongside former minister Joy Burch. Melaleuca Place is a multidisciplined, holistic early intervention and prevention service. It is committed to supporting children and young people to heal from trauma. The ACT government committed $3.05 million from the 2013-14 budget over four years to establish the service, as part of our commitment to protecting children from abuse and neglect.


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