Page 2445 - Week 08 - Thursday, 6 June 2013

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Prior to coming to the ACT Health Directorate, Dr Brown was the Chief Psychiatrist in Queensland and has also held the role of Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health in the ACT. She is also a National Health Service international fellow in the United Kingdom.

I have had the great privilege of working very closely with Dr Brown, particularly since she took over as the Director-General of the Health Directorate. I see how hard she works, I see how committed she is to the public health system, and I see her love of working in the area most specifically of mental health. This prestigious award, being recognised by her peers as being one of the leading psychiatrists in Australia, reflects on her huge contribution in the area of mental health, leading the way particularly in the area of seclusion and restraint. She has led the work of reducing seclusion and restraint in the ACT and she is leading it nationally and delivering amazing results.

I also say it shows us how lucky we are to have people like Dr Brown working in the public sector when their lives would often be easier and probably more lucrative in the private sector. We are lucky to have international leaders in the field of medicine working here, dedicated to the people of the ACT and to the ACT Health Directorate.

I have already passed on my congratulations to Dr Brown privately, but I think it is very appropriate to publicly acknowledge this very prestigious award and thank Dr Brown for all she has contributed to the ACT health system.

National TAFE Day

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (5.10): Monday of this week was National TAFE Day, and I had the pleasure of attending a barbecue function hosted by Glenn Fowler and the AEU at CIT’s Bruce campus to celebrate this occasion. As a former member of the CIT Advisory Council and the board of CIT Solutions, my involvement with and fondness for CIT is very strong. Here in Canberra we have much to be proud of in our own TAFE, the Canberra Institute of Technology. As the CIT says on its website, it is the region’s premier vocational education and training provider, and we know that its reputation as a quality training provider extends well beyond the region, both in Australia and overseas.

The range of courses that CIT offers—over 400, ranging from automotive to hairdressing, graphic design and animal health studies—is impressive, with options for certificates, traineeships and apprenticeships through to diplomas and degrees. Through CIT Solutions, CIT has been providing training programs in more than 80 disciplines, and customised training, education and consultancy services, here in the ACT, Australia and internationally since 1988.

It is this wide range of options, long history of delivery and quality learning that the Canberra Liberals fought so hard to retain when there was active discussion at ministerial level to merge CIT with the University of Canberra. In our view, that merger could have been the death of CIT and removed vocational education

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