Page 4362 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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Program, “Improving documentation of clinical interventions”; systems support award, “MyMeal: the right meal to the right patient at the right time: implementing an innovative and collaborative business solution”; and student of the year award, ANU Medical School, “ACT Health green hospital project: sorting it out”.

I would also like to take a moment to congratulate the allied health advisor’s office on being the overall winner this year. The Office of the Chief Allied Health Officer provides high-level policy advice to government and develops, as well as implements, policies relating to allied health professionals and their practices. The staff members in this office are not people you would normally meet on your visits to the healthcare system. However, they do exceptional work in that field through leadership and communication with those involved.

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge several VIP members of the ACT healthcare community whose attendance was welcome. They included Professor Debora Picone, CEO of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Professor Picone set the tone of the evening with her amusing speech paying homage to the ACT health workforce and the achievements of a “service” town while inspiring the workforce. There was also Dr Peggy Brown, director-general; Ray Dennis from Calvary Health Care; Elizabeth Porritt, the General Manager of National Capital Private Hospital; Mr Ian Thompson, deputy director-general; Stephen Goggs, deputy director-general; Ms Elizabeth Trickett, Executive Director, Quality and Safety Branch; and Darlene Cox, chief executive of the ACT Health Care Consumers Association.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners for their consistent exceptional work in their respective fields. I wish them all the best for the future.

Centenary 2020 vision project

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (6.44): The centenary 2020 vision project has been run by the local sustainability group SEE-Change. It was a project that was piloted in 2011 and then rolled out over the past two years, coming to a conclusion over two days at the beginning of November. The centenary 2020 vision sustainability project asked Canberra’s young people to imagine a sustainable Canberra and to come up with their own proposals for how to achieve that future. The project aimed to engage the imagination of young people on new sources of energy, different modes of transport, new approaches to food and different ways of thinking about our world. Importantly, it was also about children and youth being optimistic about their future.

Students from 27 primary and high schools and colleges were involved in a study of one of 19 sustainability topics in the context of the broad question: how will Canberra reach the ACT government’s 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction target of a reduction of 40 per cent on 1990 levels by the year 2020? At the 2020 vision parliament of youth on sustainability in November, students presented their ideas on how we can meet our emission reduction target and achieve a more sustainable Canberra. In preparation, college students were invited to write green papers on specific sustainability topics. And high schools and primary schools were invited to prepare one-page topic responses on a sustainability issue.

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