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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 10 May 2018) . . Page.. 1748 ..

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee


Motion (by Mr Rattenbury) agreed to:

That, notwithstanding the provisions of standing order 16, Mr Rattenbury be discharged from the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for the meeting to be held on 4 June 2018 and that Ms Le Couteur be appointed in his place.

ACT Health—system-wide data review quarterly update

Ministerial statement

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (10.20): Thank you, Madam Speaker, for the opportunity to update the Assembly on the critical piece of work known as the ACT Health system-wide data review. As members are aware, significant development work has occurred across ACT Health over the past 12 months, since the data review commenced. When I announced this comprehensive data review I committed to provide quarterly updates to the Assembly as this work progressed.

Today I am pleased to note the report is now with ACT Health staff for their final consultation because, as key stakeholders of the report, their views are critical to the success of this important work. Final consultation with staff will also inform the next steps and implementation activities as we prepare to embed quality data within the organisation through the outcomes of the system-wide data review. I will circulate the final report to the community and members as soon as possible after final staff consultation as well as the government’s response to the review.

As members will recall, I established the review in February last year when ACT Health was unable to provide data on emergency department performance, elective surgery waiting times and mental health for the 2017 report on government services. This also followed independent recommendations for improved data collection, governance and quality. It was clear ACT Health needed to not only respond to the failure to provide some data to the ROGS report but instead to undertake a comprehensive system-wide review. I immediately commissioned this work to identify the gaps and build a solid pathway forward to provide a strong foundation for data management across the health system.

In establishing the review, I committed last year to improving the way ACT Health collects, governs, manages and builds its data expertise and, importantly, utilises its data. Data is a vital resource for managing territory-wide services and planning and making sure that the ACT’s health service performance is continually improving. Our community expects that ACT Health have good data collection and management practices, and Canberrans can have confidence that the results of the system-wide data review will achieve that.

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