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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2430 ..

As context and student circumstances play an important role in shaping student outcomes, NAPLAN data is being used in conjunction with other organisational administrative data, including data on school satisfaction and on the school climate, in order to better identify areas for targeted support. NAPLAN data is therefore just one source of data used to evaluate the effectiveness of various interventions which are being implemented to improve student outcomes.

The ACT government is committed to continuing to use the best available evidence from multiple sources of data to ensure that our education system is meeting the needs of all students. I thank the committee for their report and commend the government’s response to the Assembly.

Recognition for nurses

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Cheyne, Ms Cody, Mr Gupta, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Le Couteur, Mr Milligan, Ms Orr, Mr Parton, Mr Pettersson and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Gupta be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The importance of recognising the expertise, commitment and skill of nurses working in our walk-in centres and hospitals.

MR GUPTA (Yerrabi) (3.39), by leave: I rise to bring this matter of public importance to the Assembly today. Before I begin, I would like to remark upon the amazing luck that I drew the MPI on my first sitting day ever! Mr Assistant Speaker, I am pleased to speak today to recognise the expertise, commitment and skills of nurses working in our walk-in centres and hospitals. Health care has always been a priority for ACT Labor. In the 2019-20 budget our government delivered significant investment to futureproof our health system because we understand that health services are essential to keep Canberrans healthy.

As part of our health system, our ACT Labor government recognises the essential work that nurses play in the system. One of ACT Labor’s election commitments in 2016 was to deliver a nurse-led walk-in centre in every region, because we understand the value of free health care for families. Our nurse-led walk-in centres are run by a highly skilled team of nurses and nurse practitioners. They provide free, one-off treatment and health advice for people with minor injuries and illnesses.

A nurse-led walk-in centre was opened in Gungahlin last year to provide faster access to care for minor injuries and illnesses for people living and working in Yerrabi. There are many young families in my electorate. As a parent, I know that having fast walk-in access to medical care, free of charge, makes a big difference. Since the Gungahlin walk-in centre opened its doors to the public in September last year, the centre has serviced over 16,725 presentations over 328 days. This is an average of 51 presentations per day and 51 people per day who rely on the skills of our nurses.

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