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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 September 2019) . . Page.. 3778 ..


Women who receive return to work grants meet with the relationship manager at UnitingCare Kippax to facilitate the opportunity to link with other support programs if needed, including group programs. The relationship manager also provides women with links to other agencies and programs in the community.

The SPARK workshops provide an opportunity for women to make connections and link with each other. Through the workshops women have given feedback on the benefits of the friendships and networks that they have developed with other participants. The workshops are now being held in both north and south Canberra to allow women to make connections with people in their local community.

Canberra Hospital—medical training

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, what concerns has the Royal Australasian College of Physicians raised with Canberra Health Services about the quality of training provided to doctors at the Canberra Hospital?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I will take the detail of Miss Burch’s question on notice and come back to the Assembly with any specific detail in relation to concerns raised by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. I recently met with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. I have not yet had a chance to meet with the college of physicians. Certainly, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons raised with me some concerns in relation to the availability of clinical training—theatre training—spaces. As part of the SPIRE project, a new demountable building will be constructed on the site of building 8. That will include some new training spaces, which will address some of the specific issues that the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons raised. They are probably some of the same issues that the Royal Australasian College of Physicians have been raising in relation to those clinical training spaces.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, what problems did the Royal Australasian College of Physicians identify with the training programs?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I am guessing that Miss Burch is drawing some questions from previous incoming minister’s briefings. I do not have, obviously, the relevant pages in front of me that the opposition is looking at. So I will go back to see whether there is some specific further information that I can provide to the Assembly on notice in relation to that matter, and at what stage that that was provided.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what plans have you put in place to improve the quality of training provided to doctors at the Canberra Hospital?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Ms Lawder for the supplementary question. As I just mentioned, the new building 8 that will be part of the decanting and staging for the SPIRE project will include some new clinical training spaces but, most excitingly, the ACT Health Directorate has established the partnership board with Canberra Health Services, Calvary and the two universities—ANU and the University of Canberra—to really talk about how we reinvigorate both education and research in the health space.


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