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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1480 ..


Surely we could have actioned 20 recommendations within 1,000 days? In the process of implementing these recommendations, I also call on the minister to produce real, practical, concrete evidence along the way, to show that these actions have actually achieved their intended outcomes on the ground.

The whole point of the review process is to see a truly healthy work environment in our public health system and to see an end to the terrible outcomes that led to the review more than 800 days ago. In 800 days, we could have seen more. Over the next 200 days, I call on the minister to complete this job and to evidence the outcomes. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (3.32), by leave: I move the two amendments circulated in my name together:

(1) Omit paragraph (1) and substitute:

“(1) notes:

(a) the ACT public health system employs more than 8 000 people across a range of locations, services and professions;

(b) areas within the ACT public health system have experienced significant workplace culture issues that have affected staff, patients and non-government organisations;

(c) in September 2018, after months of campaigning from the Opposition and health stakeholders, the ACT Government committed to the Independent Review into the Workplace Culture within ACT Public Health Services (“the Review”);

(d) the Review was completed on 5 March 2019 and made 20 recommendations;

(e) ninety-two actions have been identified to implement these recommendations, of which 55 have been completed and 31 are on track, with six actions being managed to ensure all recommendations are addressed by 30 June 2022;

(f) overall, seven recommendations have been completed;

(g) implementation of the Review recommendations is overseen by the Culture Review Oversight Group;

(h) papers presented at Oversight Group meetings are publicly released after the meetings and include a program plan and risk register; and

(i) the Minister for Health reports to the Assembly on progress in implementing the Review recommendations every six months, with the most recent Ministerial Statement made on 31 March 2021;” and

(2) Omit paragraph (3) and substitute:

“(3) calls on the ACT Government to continue:

(a) implementing the review recommendations with the involvement of all stakeholders; and

(b) updating the Assembly through biannual reporting that outlines progress of the implementation of recommendations.”


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