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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 111 ..


Canberra Health Services launched its occupational violence strategy on 1 April this year. The relevant supporting policy and procedures have been developed and are available for staff. The Myhealth staff health and wellbeing strategy 2020-23 has been finalised and the Myhealth program continues to be implemented across the directorate.

CHS has undertaken assessment against the organisational culture improvement model based on the ANU workplace culture framework that I referred to earlier. It will be tabled in the Assembly tomorrow to assess its past and current culture maturity levels. The outcomes of that assessment have informed the development of the fostering organisational cultural improvement strategy initiatives to be implemented, including rollout of the Cognitive Institute’s Speaking up for Safety program in 2021 and development of a management and leadership strategy aligned to the workplace culture framework.

For workforce planning, priority areas have been identified and plans are underway, including relevant recruitment strategies. CHS has become a champion health service of the Choosing Wisely Australia and established a Choosing Wisely low value care steering committee and project officer; several initiatives are being trialled in this space. It is conducting quarterly poll surveys to measure CHS staff engagement, with the first survey having been conducted last month, in November, and reviewing preliminary assessment and misconduct processes to identify improvement opportunities.

Members can see that there is a lot going on across our health system broadly and within Canberra Health Services to address these cultural issues. I will continue to have more to say about that on a regular basis, no doubt.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question is that Ms Stephen-Smith’s amendments to Mrs Jones’s motion be agreed to. My understanding is that one of those amendments is now superfluous. We agreed as an Assembly to take them together. Could someone move to take those amendments separately, to divide those amendments? That may be beneficial at this stage.

Mr Rattenbury: Mr Deputy Speaker, I propose we do that after Mr Davis speaks and we move to the vote.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: All right.

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (4.11): I wish to speak to this motion as the ACT Greens’ newly admitted spokesperson for Health. I speak to the concerns raised on the burnout of junior doctors in our health system. The mental health of all staff and their right to a safe workplace is of the utmost importance to me, as a proud unionist. I thank Mrs Jones for her motion. The ACT Greens will be supporting Minister Stephen-Smith’s minor amendments to this motion to ensure that the most effective mechanisms are used to report on the progress of reducing junior doctor burnout and exhaustion.


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