Page 1503 - Week 05 - Thursday, 7 May 2015

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motorbike of that calibre. His happiness and the freedom of that bike, afforded to him through the enhanced service offer grants, are a testimony to the government’s success in supporting people with a disability.

The priorities of the ACT disability inclusion statement align with the priorities of the disability strategy. I know that we continue to support many of our community. I am also reminded of the success of Jess May in Abled Employment. Her organisation is doing great work.

I will continue to update the Assembly on the progress of the disability inclusion statement. I do encourage everyone to go to the Time to Talk website. It has been open since 21 April, and people can have their say on the ACT disability inclusion statement, either through writing submissions or by completing the survey. That closes on 15 May, so we are coming close to the end of that process. I do encourage all to get in and have their say.

Madam Speaker, the development of the ACT disability inclusion statement offers a unique opportunity for the transformation and change to explore innovative ways of improving outcomes for people with a disability. If I am accused of aiming high, reaching high, to make sure that people with a disability in our community are supported, regarded and respected, I will take that charge and I will do all I can to deliver for each and every person in our community with a disability, their families and carers because rightly, as we all agree here, they deserve no less.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.25 to 2.30 pm.


MADAM SPEAKER: I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of members of the University of the Third Age. Welcome to your Assembly.

Questions without notice

Canberra Hospital—accreditation

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health, for a change. At least I am consistent. In 2013 the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care commenced the national safety and quality health service standards to accredit all Australian hospitals. The Canberra Hospital is due to have its first accreditation survey in May. Minister, have you been provided with information concerning the readiness or otherwise of the Canberra Hospital for this national accreditation survey?


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Thank you, minister, for your information. Has ACT Health commissioned readiness surveys or audits in preparation for this national accreditation survey? If so, will you table the results of those in the Assembly?

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