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international agenda are all largely due to the energy, creativity and persistence of millions of activists from around the globe.

Community consultation

Health—interprofessional workshops

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (5.30): I have two things to raise. Firstly, I will go back to the MPI and question time when there was some talk around this government’s record on consultation. In question time Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Industrial Relations a question about consultation on the issue of fireworks. It is a question for those opposite as to why Mrs Dunne and the party are now ignoring their own findings, as documented in Mr Pratt’s attempt to have fireworks banned. I would like to quote Mr Pratt’s statements in the debate. Mr Pratt said:

The Liberal opposition have listened to their constituents, who believe that the banning of shopgoods fireworks would benefit the majority of the community.

He went on to say:

I have run a petition calling for the ban on the retail sales of shopgoods fireworks, and the response has been tremendous. On the first weekend that I ran the petition in the city, approximately 220 signatures were collected.

He went on to say:

This support was backed up by the number of calls, overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed ban, that were made to talkback programs on local radio stations. Emails to my office and to the offices of my colleagues have also been overwhelmingly in favour of the ban.

I leave Mr Pratt there. I notice that Mr Pratt did not quite make it back to the Assembly.

On a more positive note, as I was looking through Healthy Territory, a wonderful production, I came across a colleague. In my previous life before I came to this Assembly I worked with university departments around the rural health workforce and new models of care. It was a pleasure to read this story around interprofessional learning and interprofessional practice. It talked about a number of workshops that were held in Canberra and across the country. It said that workshops were an engaging way of teaching and learning and were particularly suited to interprofessional learning. They encourage group interaction, lively discussion and networking opportunities for those professionals.

ACT Health was instrumental in coordinating a series of interprofessional workshops across Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand, including two workshops in Canberra. These workshops recruited the expertise of two experienced interprofessional learning facilitators from the UK. Those in this room may or may not know that interprofessional learning and interprofessional practice is a way of the future in the new models of care that our society, our communities and our health systems need.

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