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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1471 ..


Children and Young People Act—ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee—Review of Children and Young People Who Have Died as a Result of Intentional Self-Harm—Government response, dated May 2021, together with a statement.

Public Health Act—Pursuant to subsection 10(3)—ACT Chief Health Officer’s Report—2020.

Terrorism (Extraordinary Temporary Powers) Act—Pursuant to section 100(b)—Statutory Review, dated April 2021.

Chief Health Officer’s Report 2020

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.04): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (3.04): I am pleased that we are tabling the ACT Chief Health Officer’s Report 2020, as required under section 10 of the Public Health Act 1997. Historically the data has taken the form of a consolidated document published in hard copy and online which presents data from the previous two years. Since the release of the last report in 2018 and the appointment of Dr Kerryn Coleman as Chief Health Officer in late 2019, consideration has been given to improving the format of this data in order to present indicators that are more meaningful and useful for stakeholders.

In 2016 the HealthStats ACT website was launched to support the published report. HealthStats ACT provides up-to-date population health statistics as indicators and short reports on a wide range of health topics. This data provides a wealth of information to inform government and our community by identifying health trends and emerging issues. The demands of managing the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 15 months have brought considerations about the structure of the Chief Health Officer’s Report forward.

As a result, a decision was taken to not produce a full published report for 2020 as per previous occasions. Instead, we are tabling today four supporting documents developed by the Chief Health Officer for the community, which summarise highlights from HealthStats ACT for this reporting period. The four reports—Healthy City, Healthy Minds, Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy People—acknowledge the importance that our local environments and changing lifestyles have on the health and wellbeing of our community.

The information utilised on HealthStats ACT is the most recent available data for all indicators and measures presented. Data is sourced from a variety of ACT and national databases, including administrative and surveillance data, cross-sectional, longitudinal surveys and data registries. The data tells us that, overall, there is much to


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