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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2602 ..


Interchange Health Co-op has been working with the Early Morning Centre to ensure that its clients can get access to vaccinations.

There are in-reach programs. Justice Health Services provides vaccinations at the AMC, the Alexander Maconochie Centre. As detainees are released, they also receive information about how to get their second dose of vaccine, if that has not already been achieved.

There are a range of other programs working with a wide range of community partners, including in the multicultural community, to ensure that communities that may lack some trust in mainstream health services and may need a more bespoke response are able to get that. We continue to work with a diverse range of communities.

I have not mentioned the access and sensory clinic, which is now located at Weston Creek, which is providing a supportive vaccination environment for people with disability. It has been running two days a week for some time at Garran and is now running five days a week at Weston Creek community health centre. That has been very much welcomed by people with disability. There is also the capacity to do in-reach where we need to. That is, of course, a commonwealth responsibility, but we are stepping up to support that.

MR BRADDOCK: Could you please explain how culturally and linguistically diverse cohorts will be reached out to, to ensure that they achieve vaccination targets?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Braddock for the supplementary question. The ACT Health Directorate runs the vaccination program as a broad program. Much of it is delivered through Canberra Health Services, but it is also delivered through our community partners, including, as I have mentioned, in partnership with the Capital Health Network and a number of primary care providers.

Opposition members interjecting

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Through those relationships, there is a very close working relationship between ACT Health and a number of multicultural community leaders. In fact, there is someone from the Office of Multicultural Affairs embedded—at the moment I think there are two people embedded—in ACT Health to ensure—

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, can we have some silence.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: that that work is done with individual communities to provide the most culturally appropriate and the most accessible supports for people to get vaccinated.

Business—COVID-19

MS CASTLEY: My question is to the minister for business. The ACT government has promised a COVID small business and hardship scheme with up to $10,000 in


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