Page 271 - Week 01 - Thursday, 15 December 2016

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For those wishing to apply for a gold senior or pensioner Opal card, they can do so on the Transport for NSW website. I was really pleased to be able to make this announcement last month. I know that many seniors in Canberra who travel frequently and use public transport both in Canberra and around New South Wales have been thrilled with this announcement.

Canberra Hospital—bullying

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the minister for Health. Doctors and nursing organisations have reported longstanding problems with bullying at the Canberra Hospital. What proportion of staff at the Canberra Hospital have experienced bullying?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mrs Kikkert for the question. This was an issue canvassed in the last Assembly, and my predecessor minister for health expressed his concern at reports of bullying at the Canberra Hospital and instigated a number of processes within ACT Health, particularly at the hospital, to make sure that we understood the extent of bullying and to make sure that we had recommendations to the department to make sure that they were addressed.

In terms of specific numbers, I do not have them to hand. I can take that question on notice.

MRS KIKKERT: Can the minister confirm that the most recent staff survey found that over 70 per cent of staff have experienced bullying?

MS FITZHARRIS: I have not seen the most recent survey. It has not been in the time that I have been Minister for Health. If it is 70 per cent then that is of concern. But I can say also that aspects of bullying in hospitals are not unique, sadly, to Canberra. But I will certainly look at those particular details. I certainly know that there are a number of processes in place within ACT Health around culture and specific areas within the hospital where specific instances of bullying have been identified.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, will you release the most recent Canberra Hospital staff survey?

MS FITZHARRIS: Thank you for the question. I am not sure. I will come back to the Assembly as to whether that is a responsibility of the director-general or if it is mine as the minister.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, are there further questions without notice?

Mrs Jones interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones! Have the respect to allow Ms Orr to ask her question.

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