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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 2 August 2018) . . Page.. 2735 ..


updates from the Unit since 2015 and (b) an outline of the work the Unit has undertaken since 2015.

(4) Can the Minister provide a status update on the implementation and effectiveness of the Towards Culturally Appropriate and Inclusive Services: A Co-ordinating Framework for ACT Health 2014-2018 and further updates to the policy.

(5) What date was the webpage http://www.health.act.gov.au/multicultural last updated.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Multicultural Health Policy Unit (MHPU) had responsibility for overseeing and progressing ACT Health’s multicultural policy.

Policy and Stakeholder Relations Branch (which included the MHPU) was restructured in September 2017 to:

Reflect changes in ministerial and departmental structures;

Provide more holistic and strategic policy advice;

Improve the responsiveness of policy advice to government; and

Provide better support and governance in policy development.

As a result all existing units of the Policy and Stakeholder Relations Branch, including but not limited to the MHPU, were reorganised to meet the above objectives. The MHPU policy functions are incorporated into this new structure.

The restructure better serves the culturally and linguistically diverse community by enabling staff to be agile and responsive across all health service areas. Diversity issues are now considered across the health portfolio by all policy staff, rather than just being seen as the responsibility of a single area or unit.

(2)

2013-14

2014-15

2016-17

2017-18*

Full-time equivalent

SOGA x 1

ASO6 x 1

SOGA x 1

ASO6 x 1

SOGA x 1

SOGC x 0.66

ASO5 x 1

SOGA x 1

SOGC x 1.66

ASO6 x 1

ASO5 x 1

Headcount

SOGA x 1

ASO6 x 1

SOGA x 1

ASO6 x 1

SOGA x 1

SOGC x 1

ASO5 x 1

SOGA x 1

SOGC x 2

ASO6 x 1

ASO5 x 1

*subsumed into Health Policy Unit September 2017.

(3) See answer to question 1.

(3a) Policy and Stakeholder Relations continues to engage in a range of activities and forums to support the development of multicultural health policy, this includes convening the ACT Health Multicultural Reference Group. The Branch also participates in the ACT Multicultural Framework Inter-Directorate Implementation Committee, the Refugee and Humanitarian Settlement Group and the Cultural Competence Stakeholder Meeting.

(3b) As outlined below, an implementation report against Towards Culturally Appropriate and Inclusive Services, a Co-ordinating Framework (2014—2018) is underway and will inform the development of a Diversity Framework.


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