Page 474 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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Mr Coe: What about the recommendations?

MS FITZHARRIS: Certainly the recommendations have been responded to by the government of the day, by the Minister for Health, and implemented by the ACT Health Directorate. As I indicated yesterday, this is disappointing, but this is the most comprehensive system-wide review of health data that has ever been undertaken. We will inform the Auditor-General throughout the processes of this review and I will do everything in my power as minister to ensure that at the end of this review we have the systems in place to ensure the utmost accuracy of ACT health data.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, what investigations were made into reports of problematic emergency department data conducted by both the Auditor-General and PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2012?

MS FITZHARRIS: I was not responsible at that time; indeed, it was in the Seventh Assembly, I believe. Those issues were responded to comprehensively at the time by the Auditor-General, the public accounts committee and the Minister for Health at the time.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, do the current problems relating to data relate to a lack of systems or people not adhering to the systems?

MS FITZHARRIS: Certainly I can reassure both the members of the Assembly and the ACT community that the issues do not relate to operational clinical data. Largely the issue that will be looked into is the data, once it has been collected by clinicians, the back-end processes that are responsible for the collection, the analysis and the warehousing of data for a variety of different reports, as I indicated yesterday.


MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the next question without notice can I just acknowledge the presence in the gallery of former member and minister, Mr Michael Moore. We wish you a welcome return to the Assembly.

Questions without notice

National Multicultural Festival—women’s safety

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Women and relates to women’s safety assessments for major events. I see that this week the tents are going up for the Multicultural Festival. I understand that in 2011 the then minister for women, Minister Burch, committed to undertake women’s safety assessments as part of the standard procedure during the festival’s set-up phase. Minister, can you provide assurances that a women’s safety assessment will be or has been undertaken this year prior to the commencement of the festival and subsequent de-installation of the various tents?

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