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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 14 February 2017) . . Page.. 338 ..

developing and implementing a formal change control process for amendments to reporting, a review of the structure of the ACT Health branch responsible for data reporting to ensure an appropriate focus on and resourcing of data governance and development of an implementation plan for a governance assurance framework. I have also asked ACT Health to consider the most effective means of reporting health data to our stakeholders as well as to the Canberra community, including the use of real-time reporting.

This work is about delivering robust quality assurance of ACT Health’s data governance systems to resolve these issues and is expected to continue over the next 12 months. I will provide quarterly reports to the Assembly within this period.

Before concluding today, I want to be very clear that although data reporting issues are administrative in nature and do not affect the quality of health services we deliver, as Minister for Health I know how important it is that the community, our patients and our health sector stakeholders have confidence in health reporting. I remain committed to providing data that accurately reflects the demand for and performance of the services that are provided in our hospitals, in our healthcare facilities and throughout our programs. Indeed, as noted as part of this work, I have asked Health to provide advice on how we improve this reporting and the availability of real-time reporting and access to health data.

I would also like to reiterate to members that there has been substantial work undertaken within ACT Health to proactively address these complex data governance issues. In particular, I want to acknowledge the actions taken by the Director-General of ACT Health.

Ongoing work to improve data quality assurance processes is a key priority, and the government will continue to be open with the community about these matters. I have also asked the Health Directorate to keep the ACT Auditor-General informed of progress.

As this work progresses, I will provide regular quarterly updates to the Assembly, and will also anticipate the upcoming annual report hearings as an opportunity to provide further information to members on the work being carried out and the way forward.

I present the following paper:

ACT Health reporting—Ministerial statement, 14 February 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.38): I welcome this statement, but I think it is rather late. This statement should have been made in December last year at the first possible opportunity the minister had to talk about this data. We have known for some time that there is a problem with the data; the minister should not have waited until the public was alerted through the absence of data from the ROGS report.

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