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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3304 ..


It was acknowledged that CHS had self-identified some issues of concern and are on a quality improvement pathway. So, while things are not perfect, they should be proud and pleased with the JMO training program and culture they are building. The training and education program is of a such a high standard that the CRMEC said CHS should consider modelling the program more broadly. The issues which CHS are already aware of and working on include access to training facilities, supervisor engagement and JMO workload and staffing levels. CHS is working to improve the engagement of senior specialist supervisors from all specialities across the organisation, in preparation for changes to intern training coming in 2023. CHS has undertaken several recruitment rounds in 2021 to fill all positions in the JMO workforce. As a result, a number of UK-trained JMOs will commence at CHS later this year. New models of employment are being considered to improve the sustainability of the workforce, going forward. CHS closely monitors JMO leave to ensure that first- and second-year JMOs are having appropriate breaks and time away from work to rest and recharge.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone across the ACT public health system for their hard work and support for positive culture change. It has been a particularly demanding time for our incredible health workforce in the ACT. They have shown commitment to each other, and to the Canberra community throughout the pandemic and this outbreak. Despite the challenges of the Delta variant of COVID-19, the staff from across the ACT public health system have continued to smile, to laugh with each other and the community and to provide essential care. Our focus in the next seven months will be on sustaining the changes that have occurred, maintaining the momentum, and embedding further positive culture reform into our health system. We all recognise that cultural change will benefit not only the entire workforce of the three organisations but also our consumers, carers and whole community. I present the following papers:

Culture in the ACT Public Health System: Second annual review, dated November 2021.

Workplace Culture within ACT Public Health Services—Biannual update on the implementation of the recommendations of the Final Report of the Independent Review, Update on resolution of the Assembly 13 May 2021—Workplace culture in the ACT health system, and update on resolution of the Assembly 2 December 2020—Health workers—Ministerial statement, 11 November 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bradyn Dillon—coronial inquest

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.30): On 29 April ACT Coroner Margaret Hunter OAM released findings


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