Page 3350 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 19 August 2009

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Mr Speaker, I have outlined to the Assembly my role as minister for gaming and the areas I have raised with the Gambling and Racing Commission. I hope that the Assembly trusts me on that and that, in due time and in due course, the commission will report back to the Assembly on the concerns I have raised with them in my letter.


MS BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Health. Could the minister advise the Assembly of the outcome of the recent public health accreditation process undertaken by the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards?

Ms GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Burch for the question. I am delighted to put on the record in the Assembly that the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards has accredited ACT Health for a four-year period under its evaluation and quality program, also known as EQuIP. This is the maximum period for which a member organisation of ACHS can be accredited, and it is a great result for ACT Health, for the community and also for the staff who work in ACT Health. I thank them for the hard work that they went to to ensure that the accreditation process went smoothly and that such a good result was achieved.

EQuIP is a four-year voluntary membership program that provides a framework for establishing and maintaining quality care and services in health care organisations. It consists of one independent assessment event each year as part of the continuous four-year cycle, which consists of a self-assessment, an organisation-wide assessment, another self-assessment and a periodic review.

ACT Health has now received from ACHS the final reports on the organisational wide survey and mental health in-depth review for the ACHS evaluation and quality improvement program. Mental Health ACT was awarded an outstanding achievement for its electronic health records system, known as MHAGIC. An outstanding achievement allocation indicates that the organisation has met all the requirements, including policy, systems, evaluation, and benchmarking and is now a recognised industry leader.

Mental Health ACT was also awarded seven excellent achievement ratings. An excellent achievement allocation indicates that the organisation has met all the requirements, including policy, systems, evaluation and benchmarking. Mental Health ACT achieved excellent achievements in the following areas: consumer participation, continuous quality improvement system, integrated risk management system, health care incidents and complaints and feedback, strategic and operational planning, safety management systems and security management.

ACT Health was awarded six excellent achievement ratings in the following criteria: infection control, human resources planning, information and data management, planning and management of information and communication technology, health promotion and strategic planning.

ACT Health and Mental Health ACT received moderate achievement ratings for the remainder of the criteria, which exceed 40. The moderate achievement allocation

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