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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 September 2019) . . Page.. 3788 ..


revising the governance arrangements and re-baselining the program plans to ensure that they comply with the program delivery framework. Compliance will be separately assured through the directorate’s technological governance hub for ICT and data-related programs.

More effective program management oversight has already been established through a whole-of-public-health system program management board, the ACT public health system data governance steering committee. This committee has top-level representation from the ACT Health Directorate, Canberra Health Services, Calvary Public Hospital, Bruce, and the Health Care Consumers Association. It provides leadership and oversight of data management, use and reporting within the ACT public health system, ensuring the importance of accurate health data for the delivery of efficient and high-quality care to the ACT community.

In closing, I thank the Auditor-General’s office for their work on this report and commend the team in the ACT Health Directorate that is implementing the outcomes of the system-wide data review and these recommendations.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (2.53): The Auditor-General’s report on the government’s management of the system-wide data review implementation program was damning. The Auditor-General found that both the governance of and planning for the implementation program were not effective. Let us pause a moment, repeat that and think about it: the Auditor-General found that both the governance of and planning for the implementation program were not effective. This illustrates yet again the Labor-Greens government’s whole approach to our health system. They cannot be trusted on health.

The lack of reliable data meant that the AIHW and the Productivity Commission could not report on the ACT’s performance for 2015-16, and data was unreliable and even fraudulently manipulated for a long time before that. The government may try to say it made no difference, but we all know that access to reliable data allows more effective planning for better and more efficient outcomes in our health system.

In its 19 years in government, the Labor-Greens government outcomes include things such as higher costs of care, longer wait times in its emergency departments and elective surgery, a toxic workplace culture, overcrowding in emergency departments, mental health and maternity, ambulance bypasses, inadequate training programs, poor accreditation outcomes, failing and poorly maintained infrastructure, fires and patient evacuations, infrastructure planning on the back of a drink coaster, and broken thought-bubble election promises.

These are the outcomes we have seen under this government. Anything that this government says it will do to improve its performance must be taken with extreme caution. There is a real danger it could be little more than spin, as we have seen time and time again. Based on its past performance, this Labor-Greens government cannot be trusted to deliver a public health system that benefits the people of the ACT.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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